Welcome to my website. I am a licensed psychologist (PSY 21162), a play therapist-supervisor (RPT-S), and a meditation teacher. I have been working for many years with adults providing them with individual, couples, and family psychotherapy. I have also been working with children on modifying maladaptive behaviors. I currently work mostly with therapists and psychology students who are interested in experiencing psychodynamic psychotherapy and working on getting better at auto- and co- regulating their emotions and becoming more responsive and less reactive to life's stressors.
In addition to therapy, I teach at UCSD-Extension and offer supervision to therapists-in-training.
My former experiences are varied and include serving as a medic and an aviation physiology instructor at the IAF, working as a psychotherapist, a clinical lead and a supervisor of interns at Jewish Family Service of San Diego, working with children diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, providing school-based counseling at elementary and middle schools, working with college students at Cal. State San Marcos, supervising psychological assistants, working at a psychiatric crisis residential treatment center, and evaluating the cognitive, emotional, and social development of preschoolers.
I graduated cum laude from Haifa University with a bachelor's degree and moved to San Diego to complete my graduate studies in 1998.
I hold a doctorate in clinical psychology with psychodynamic emphasis (California School of Professional Psychology, 2004) and postdoctoral certificates in play therapy (UC San Diego - Extension, 2006), psychoanalytic psychotherapy (Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 2009), Jewish mindfulness meditation (Institute of Jewish Spirituality, 2017), and Traumatic Stress Studies (Trauma Research Foundation, 2021).
I have been licensed in California since 2006 and I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Play Therapy (A4PT) and an associate member of San Diego Psychoanalytic Center.