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My Journey

As a self-proclaimed "recovering overachiever and perfectionist," I discovered the healing powers of self-compassion and self-acceptance in my work with patients with eating disorders and high-achievers. I witnessed first hand how they impressively wore a "mask" of perfection but suffered the cost of their health, relationships, and performance.  

After opening up this conversation with friends and colleagues and being inspired by Brene Brown's "The Gifts of Imperfection," I realized that perfectionism is a problem that plagues modern society.  I have dedicated my work as a psychologist to help others embrace and celebrate their uniqueness and authenticity.  I am passionate about helping my clients gain insight, let go of uncomfortable emotions such as shame, discover meaningful purpose, and evolve into the highest version of themselves. 

Training and Qualifications

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families from diverse backgrounds and with a broad range of psychological and medical disorders.  I obtained my Ph.D. from the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, with specialty training in culturally-competent child and family therapy and parenting at Rady Children's Hospital.  I completed my clinical neuropsychology internship at the San Diego VA Healthcare System and UCSD Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services.  In my post-doctoral training, I was a therapist and researcher at the UCSD Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR) and UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Center.  I developed, researched, and provided novel, family-based treatments for eating disorders and obesity. My work focused on targeting the traits related to perfectionism. More recently, I was the Scientific Director of UCSD CHEAR, responsible for the design and implementation of large scale research studies examining the relationships between mental health, parenting, neurocognition, weight, and overeating. I also perform neuropsychological assessments and continually keeps abreast of emerging research on the links between brain, behavior and emotions. 

I have presented talks at numerous local, national, and international research conferences.  I have been featured in the APA Monitor and am a published author in peer-reviewed journals, including the International Journal of Obesity, JAMA, the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Journal of Child and Family Studies, and Appetite.


During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family of 6 (husband, daughter, a golden retriever and 2 cats), yoga and meditation, spending quiet time outdoors in nature, discovering new cuisines and watching reality tv.

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I provide a supportive, empathic, and safe space for you to be yourself.   I honor you as a "whole person" as well as work with you to develop practical skills and solutions to address your specific problems.  My approach is innovative, compassionate, holistic, non-judgmental and collaborative.

My clients receive unique, individually-tailored treatment that combines:

  • Scientifically-validated therapies

  • Effective "brain-training" techniques based on cutting-edge science

  • Self-compassion and Self-acceptance

  • Mind-body Wellness

  • Culturally-competent treatment for persons from all ethnic backgrounds

Treatment Goals and Outcomes

During the first 3-4 sessions, I will be gathering information to get to know you and we will work together to develop a treatment plan.  We will continually review and assess the plan to make adjustments as needed.

While everyone benefits differently from therapy, many of my clients have been able to take immediate steps to feel measurable improvements in a short period of time.  The incremental changes are also designed to be sustainable and fit with your current lifestyle.

In-person or video therapy sessions

Traveling to and from therapy sessions can be time-consuming.  For your convenience, I also offer the option of confidential and HIPAA-protected video therapy for California residents. During our initial consultation, we will discuss whether in-person or video therapy best fits your needs.

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9920 Pacific Heights Blvd, Suite 150  
San Diego, CA 92121




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