I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Director of Maitri Mental Health. I have worked in mental health for nearly two decades and experienced individuals as having a drive and capacity toward positive change. I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California Magna Cum Laude in 2006 with study in both direct clinical practice and social policy. My practice is rooted in an integrative approach to wellness, incorporating psychological, physical, mental, and spiritual health. I work as a collaborative partner in addressing goals and developing insight and skills to healing and optimal health.
Specialties and Distinction
Youth and Families- I work with young adults navigate life transition, as well as mood disorder including anxiety and depression. My earlier work was specialized in at-risk youth or those that have unsuccessful outcomes in other mental health settings. I value this work greatly, and providing young people a safe place to feel heard and receive support. I utilize a team approach, collaborating with one’s support network to obtain one’s goals, as well as feelings of esteem, worth, and confidence. Youth also receive psychoeducation regarding management of mental health, medication referral, lifestyle habits to build and sustain health, and skills to maintain positive family and friend relationships.
Mood Disorder and Self Development- I work with adults that are managing mood disorders and addressing symptoms through contemplative approaches, mindfulness-based cognitive skills, healthy habits, and medication when needed. Individuals are encouraged to not only develop practices to stabilize the mechanics of the brain, but also develop insight into personal strengths and abilities to improve overall well being. Clients receive support gaining balance into daily life and develop ways of being with oneself that creates ease and an overall feeling of gladness.
Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder- The majority of my career and practice has been in the treatment of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. While pain is inevitably involved in the human experience, there are certain events or series of events that leave lasting marks on our psyche and physical body. I walk individuals through assessment of trauma, psychoeducation regarding diagnosis, collaborative care, and stage-based treatment that includes skills to heal body, mind, spirit. I utilize contemplative science, narrative therapy, somatic/bodywork, as well as other mindfulness-based cognitive approaches. I have engaged in global trauma work that has increased knowledge of universal health practices, as well as the vital importance of community as a healer.
Workplace Wellness and Trauma Consulting: I provide consulting services to employers and organizations that are seeking insight and skill in meeting employee wellness needs. Organizations and health fields have benefited from education regarding a more informed and broader understanding of mental health, as well as the relationship between the body and the mind. Cultural shifts are also encouraging business to be informed on how to successfully respond to those with mental health needs and populations who have encountered trauma.
Vicarious Trauma Training: I have specialized in the field of trauma, beginning at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health where I worked under the Emergency Services Department. I aided with Hurricane Katrina refugee placement and created a field manual for first responders psychological first aid. I later went to provide direct service to survivors of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as training others in trauma treatment locally and globally. I currently provide training to sustain the capacity of first responders through education and outreach of vicarious trauma and prevention.
I am grateful to be a part of such a diverse and excellent group of providers who are making strides in progressive mental health care! This is an exciting time in our field, with neuroscience reiterating the truth in recovery from mental illness and hope. We are now equipped with a growing amount of education and research that is removing past barriers to progress and I am honored that Maitri is apart of incredible change for all!