At GroundWork, I provide CBIT therapy to children, teens, and adults with tics and Tourette Syndrome, teaching skills to manage and minimize the effect of tics in their lives. Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) is considered the gold standard in the treatment of tics and Tourette and I am proud to be a certified provider of this treatment. CBIT is evidence-based, time-limited, and well researched. I also provide education, resources and behavior management techniques to parents of children with tics and Tourette. I have a family member with Tourette and have direct experience in being a support person for someone living with tics.
I also provide specialized evidence-based therapy for teens and adults living with chronic pain through Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT). PRT teaches strategies to overcome or manage a pain condition, and to build good quality of life around the pain. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is indicated as part of a larger multi-disciplinary approach to treating health conditions. I am a graduate of the Pain Psychology Center training program and certified by them as a provider of Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT). I practice Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), another form of CBT also indicated for health conditions.
Education and Certification: I completed my undergraduate education at Princeton University and UCLA, with a degree in art. I received my Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from USC, with an emphasis in children and families and mental health. I completed a post-Master’s internship at the Center for Legal Psychiatry in Santa Monica, working in their Divorcing Families Clinic. I have been licensed in California as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW – CA #10329) since 1983, and I am registered to provide telehealth care to residents in Florida; (TPSW3181).
I am a certified CBIT provider by the Tourette Association of America. I attend their ongoing training for providers throughout the year. I have advanced training to provide CBIT via telehealth. I am also trained in treating Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), a condition that may mimic Tourette. I am a graduate of the Pain Psychology Center training program and certified by them as a provider of Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT). I have advanced training in working with adolescents with pain and health issues. I have been trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), another form of CBT. In the past I managed several intensive outpatient programs for eating disorders, brain injury, pain management and substance abuse.
About me: I grew up in Southern California and now live in Santa Rosa in Northern California’s Wine Country. It is a beautiful place to raise a family and offers great hiking, access to beaches and wonderful cultural and culinary events. I enjoy gardening, cooking, travel, reading, visiting art galleries and museums and music and dancing.