Summer activities for teens that promote mental wellness

Summer activities for teens that promote mental wellness

It doesn’t get much better than summer in Southern California.  With long days, warm nights, and trips to the beach, summertime is a fantastic opportunity to reset and relax.  

Despite all the perks of a being a So-Cal resident, months without school or regularly scheduled activities can invite a lot of downtime for teens on break from school…



Santa Barbara Office Coming Soon!

Santa Barbara Office Coming Soon!

Exciting news! This summer, I am opening a second office in Santa Barbara, California. I will still have my office in Westlake Village, but I’m adding two days a week a bit further north in Santa Barbara. I’m looking forward to serving teens, young adults, and families in Santa Barbara and Westlake Village this! Thank you all for your support in this endeavor.

Tips for Reducing Finals Stress

Tips for Reducing Finals Stress

Most of us have had the experience of jitters before, during, or even after a test.  Certainly, a certain amount of nervousness in the face of something that can feel both challenging and critical is reasonable, sometimes even helpful.  But for some students, test taking can invite a level of fear that completely paralyzes their ability to perform and can render all that essential studying useless…

30 Day Self Care Challenge

30 Day Self Care Challenge

Many of you read my last blog post on New Years Resolutions and being "All In" in 2017. To me, being "All In" means starting to get serious about self-care and self-compassion. Self-compassion involves giving the same kindness to ourselves as we would give to others....

Fear, You're Riding in the Backseat.

Fear, You're Riding in the Backseat.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a planner. I am the type of human who gets twisted pleasure out of checking items off of my to do list. Thus, it's only fitting I am also a huge fan of New Year resolutions. For "to do list junkies," New Years resolutions are the holy grail of task driven achievement...

Mother Daughter Retreat: The Story Behind the Event

Mother Daughter Retreat: The Story Behind the Event

As a therapist who works specifically with teens and young adults, I have the honor of walking alongside mothers and daughters every day. I am privileged to sit with mothers and their daughters as they go through addictions, divorces, teenage growing pains, mini battles over iPhone use, moves to college, and other major life transitions...