Areas of Specialties
Trauma, PTSD and Child Abuse
Rape/ SexualAssault of
Males & Females
Adolescents and their Families
Victims of Domestic Violence
Feminist Therapies & Women's
Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Issues
Sandplay and Creative
& Dissociative Disorders
1996-2000 Antioch University Marina Del Ray, CA
1994-1995 Concorde Career Institute North Hollywood, CA
Obtained LVN License
Los Angeles, CA
Marriage & Family
Board Certified Expert in
Traumatic Stress, Acute Stress
in Feminist Therapy, Therapy for Women
- Adolescents and Their
Families, Young Adults
- Depression/Anxiety, and
Situational Life Crises
- Teen and Adult Survivors
of Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse (both male and female survivors)
- Rape/Sexual Assault (for
both males and females)
- Trauma, Acute Stress,
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Dissociation
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual
and Transgender Services
1994-2005 GLASS, Inc. Los Angeles, CA
- Provided crisis intervention, individual
and group therapy to severely emotionally disturbed and delinquent
adolescents who were also sexual minority youth: gay, lesbian, bisexual,
transgendered and questioning, HIV infected or impacted; family therapy;
community liaison; case management. Coordinator of the treatment team,
developed the treatment plan in conjunction with other mental health care,
medical, and educational professionals involved in the youth’s life. Some
of the youth had also committed sex crimes.
- Specialized in sexual minority youth,
including transgendered youth. Used this specialization to train and
educate both employees of the agency as well as community organizations
throughout Los Angeles County, including psychiatric hospitals, department
of probation and children’s services, DMH, etc. in working with these
- Trainer for newly hired employees as well
as regular full-time employees on topics such as the impact of child abuse
on adolescent development, sexual abuse of boys and girls, creative
therapeutic approaches with teens, child and adolescent development, and
working with adolescent sex offenders.
Received employee of the month for my work
and case management of a very difficult case with an autistic teen.
Clinical Nurse Coordinator
- Administrator over DMH Med Support
Program. Helped the agency begin the DMH program and was in charge of the
Medication Support Program. Responsible for initiating the protocols of
the program, coordinating services, providing nursing services to 40+
adolescent clients of the DMH Day Program, administered medications,
- Medication support and DMH computer
billing. DMH paperwork, both clinical and med support related paperwork.
- Group therapy, crisis intervention,
coordination and oversight of clinical case conferences. Also responsible
for agency compliance with Title 22 medication regulations. Developed a
comprehensive system of handling medications for agency that was to help
reduce employee medication errors. Trained agency employees and
supervisors in protocols and was responsible for overseeing compliance
with medication program.
Received special recognition award for my
work in establishing the med support program.
Program Coordinator, Mobile Health Outreach Project
- Co-administrator of a mobile health
outreach project, a collaborative project between GLASS and Drew Medical
Center that provided HIV/STD testing, health care services and social
services to homeless and high risk youth.
- I provided direct crisis intervention
services, HIV/STD risk reduction education and distribution of safer sex
materials to high risk populations throughout Los Angeles County;
assistance with housing, food, clothing, counseling, and “on the spot”
individual therapy, case management, and community liaison services as
well as more conventional services to individuals who were in the position
to take advantage of these services.
- Supervised paid Outreach Workers;
coordinated care with medical team.
- Coordination and recruitment of service
professionals who volunteered for the project which including a
psychologist, mental health specialist in HIV, medical doctor, and several
community outreach volunteers.
- Served as the leader of the Youth
Sub-Committee of the Los Angeles County Transgender Task Force. Developed
educational brochure targeting female transgendered women who were
prostituting and not receiving appropriate HIV and STD information aimed
at protecting themselves and their clientele.
- Fund raising, grant writing. I raised over
$500,000 for the project.
- Opened up and was the administrator for a
6-bed group home for SED and delinquent adolescent sex offenders.
- Co-facilitated Sex Offender Treatment
Group with Sex Offender Treatment Specialist; regular participant in the
Sex Offender Round Table meetings.
- Supervised residential treatment team of
- Trained agency employees in working with
adolescent sex offenders, Title 22 Requirements.
- Supervised and provided crisis
intervention and group therapy to the youth; worked with their families.
Care Worker & House Manager
- Supervised severely emotionally disturbed
and delinquent adolescents.
- Crisis intervention, facilitation of rap
groups, tutoring, HIV/STD outreach and community liaison.
- Facility manager of 6-bed group home.
Awarded employee of the month twice.
1987-1994 LA Youth Network, Options House &
Children of the Night Los Angeles, CA
Care Worker /Youth Advocate
- Supervised severely emotionally disturbed
and delinquent homeless and high risk adolescents.
- Crisis intervention, tutoring, HIV/STD
education, and community liaison.
- Facility manager of 6-bed shelter at
Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
The American Academy of Experts
in Traumatic Stress
Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD)
International Society for the
Study of Trauma
Therapists of America (STA)
Sandplay therapies, treatment of trauma and
child abuse (all forms), rape trauma/ sexual assault (male and female),
treatment of sexual offenders, dissociative problems. I have attended
trainings in sandplay therapies and receive regular supervision in this
area. I also have attended several trainings in dissociative disorders, and
am a member of the Los Angeles chapter of professionals who work with
dissociative disorders through the International Society for the Study of
Dissociation. I am also interested in feminist therapies and working with
GLBT adults and teens.
Multiple Community Trainings on Working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and
Transgendered Youth for various community organizations, such as
Department of Mental Health, Department of Children and Family Social
Services, Department of Probation, Transgender Youth Conference, Foster
Youth Conference, etc.
Served on the LA County Transgendered Task
Force for 2 years, Leader of Youth Subcommittee which led to the
production of a brochure aimed at risk reduction for female transgendered
youth engaged in survival sex. This publication was distributed throughout
Los Angeles to community organizations servicing this population.
Worked with & trained LA Police Department
in coordinating services for homeless youth who are sexual minorities and
engaging in survival sex.
Worked with the LA Transgender Task Force
on improving the treatment of transgender youth by police when picked up
for solicitation - sensitivity trainings and policy implementation in West
Hollywood Sheriffs Department.