I began working with adolescents when I was still an adolescent myself, as a mentor for an after-school program for young girls. From there, I worked in a variety of community organizations focused on empowering young people and building self-esteem. I have always loved working with young people, because I struggled as an adolescent, and believe that I could have benefited from extra emotional support. My work with young people varies from individuals living with autism to assisting individuals with life-threatening health related illnesses.
While I was working at Children's Hospital Los Angeles in 2002, I became inspired by the mental health providers and decided to pursue a career in mental health. I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2008 at California School of Professional Psychology. I appreciated my education there as it offered me great clinical experience and tools to help prepare me and mold me into the psychologist I am today.
I tailor my interventions depending on the individual, and what I have seen to be effective usually are a combination of various theories and professional methodologies.