I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #88014 with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. I graduated from Antioch University Los Angeles with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and specialization in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) studies. My specialization was LGBTQ Bullying, and my thesis and extra-curricular studies concentrated on Teacher's Attitudes and Homophobic Victimization. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Communications from the University of Texas at Austin, and hold certifications in both Conflict Resolution and Family Mediation from masters level education at St. Edward’s University in Austin where I specialized in Dispute Resolution.
I completed my clinical training at four different mental health sites in Los Angeles: AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), Cedar Sinai's Teenline, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and under the supervision of Key Howard, LCSW in private practice.
APLA has a renowned reputation for expert psychotherapy supervision and training. At APLA I gained invaluable knowledge and experience working with a variety of issues including sexual orientation, chronic and infectious disease, addiction, and dual-diagnosis. I enhanced my training at Cedars Sinai’s Teenline, a national teen-to-teen crisis and suicide prevention hotline to work for teenagers experiencing suicidality, child abuse and bullying. I worked for two years at the Los Angeles LGBT Center as a psychosocial care manager providing mental health services to persons living with HIV/AIDS; and I completed additional clinical training as a mental health therapist associate at the Men’s Life Skills Center, under the direct clinical supervision of Ken Howard, LCSW.
In 2013 I was awarded the Paul K. Starke Warrior Award from the City of West Hollywood for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Prevention.
Additionally, I worked as a Mental Health Consultant with Los Angeles Unified School District’s Project 10 department, under the direct supervision and collaboration of Stephen Jimenez.
“Project 10 was established to ensure that District policies and procedures protect the rights of gender variant and transgender students. Project 10 offers technical and educational support to schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students. The mission of Project 10, in accordance with the District's Nondiscrimination Policy and the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000, is to ensure safe, supportive, and welcoming campuses free from discrimination and harassment for sexual minority youth.”
I developed and delivered training to educators and school administrators on educational equity compliance under current California student law and policy and strategies for implementing State assembly bills and policies specific to LGBTQ students and youth. I continue to provide education, training and professional development workshops to organizations, schools, and communities.