I am a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families. My specialties include treating children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorders, and depression.
I have been passionate about psychology from a very young age when I became fascinated by the pursuit of understanding human emotion and behavior. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Southern California where I also volunteered as a research assistant at the Family Studies Project. My volunteer experience at The Family Studies Project provided me with valuable insight into how parenting and family dynamics contribute to child behavior. After graduating from the University of Southern California, I took a position for 3 years as a research associate with the University of California, Los Angeles Semel Institute in the Family Study, which researched the biological and genetic risks for the transmission of schizophrenia in adults and children. After completing work at the UCLA Family Study I entered the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology where I earned my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. During my Master’s program at Pepperdine University I completed a traineeship at Southbay Human Service Center where I treated adults experiencing substance abuse related to underlying issues, including depression and anxiety. My traineeship afforded me the opportunity to better understand the impact of anxiety and depression on the overall well being of an individual.
Soon after completing my Master’s degree, I began working as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern at The Help Group in Van Nuys and Culver City, a Department of Mental Health contracted agency. My caseload at The Help Group consisted mostly of children and adolescents who were referred for treatment for various conditions including depression, anxiety, social skill deficits, and attention deficit disorders. In the two years I worked at The Help Group, I gained valuable skills in assisting children with improving their quality of life by mastering essential coping skills and overcoming their most difficult challenges through the use of family interventions and utilizing evidence based practices such as Triple P positive parenting program, Seeking Safety, and Managing and Adaptive Practices (MAP).
I am a fun loving and outgoing person. I love spending time with my husband and our young daughter. I enjoy extended family gatherings especially when they include Lebanese food. I also love nature and I am an avid animal lover. My favorite things to do include hiking, going to the beach, playing tennis, listening to 80’s and 90’s music, and attending live sporting events, especially Los Angeles Kings hockey games, LA Lakers games, and USC Trojan Football games. I also love movies including the Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 50 First Dates, and Birdman.