October 17, 2019

California’s first surgeon general, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, announced an ambitious plan to screen every student for childhood trauma before entering school and sites the Adverse Childhood Experiences as an essential tool to understand this. Her research team found tha...

July 9, 2019

This week in the multifamily group we used the infamous 'Build A Tower, Build a Team' video which has been viewed over 4 million times.

I set families up with the challenge, with an added twist to heighten anxiety and we then use reflective thinking to be curious about...


The most loving and compassionate people are the ones with the most boundaries- they're essential in all of our relationships, especially those with our family and loved ones. 

Boundaries are often talked about in literature, and are a relatively easy concept to unders...

We all encounter challenges at some point in our life, be it in relationships with our partners or difficulty with family dynamics. Most often work is a huge source of anxiety or stress. The way we handle stresses such as this is different for everybody, sometimes we b...

One in eight people aged under 19 in England have a mental health disorder and approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life in the US.

These shocking statistics are likely to increase over time if mental heal...

November 30, 2018

Inevitably with the teenage clients I work with, there comes a point in the process in which they tell me they are struggling.  I often hear that the work we do is 'too hard' or 'it's too much' and that they want to stop coming to therapy. We all have moments like this...

Living with an adolescent can be a turbulent time for parents and families. I liken it to sailing a boat in a storm, we can see it coming, we know it might get rough, and there's a chance that we might capsize if we're not careful! 

Here are some of the rules I give to...

In my work as a family therapist in Los Angeles, my goal  is to help family members feel more connected and closer.

I work using a Family Systems lens which has fundamental belief that we don't exist in a bubble, but in a system. Part of what this means is that a b...

One of the main goals of being in an interpersonal group is to help members find out what gets in the way of achieving this alone. Frequently, we see that what blocks us in this area is related to our experiences in the first group we ever join - our family. A long ter...

November 1, 2018

In March 2019, I will be running a workshop with two colleagues at the American Group Psychotherapy Association's Annual Conference. 

The workshop will place an emphasis on how we use group psychotherapy and experiential exercises to develop effective emotional communic...

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