Hi there! Hopefully you’re reading this because you just met me through the lens of Bravo’s LA Shrinks. Thank you for your love and support. I am so grateful for your kind words and emails. Stick around online and on Monday nights, and we’ll get to know each other better.
A lot has happened in the past week since the first episode aired. It’s been a whirlwind not only with friends, family, and viewers asking about different aspects of the show, but also with my clients that I see every week. They all got a peek into our lives, and one thing you realize fast is when you share your life with the world, they’re going to want to share back. In my profession, that’s a good thing.
A little bit about my professional life is that I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California. I have a Doctorate Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. I work with people, from all walks of life, toward making positive and lasting life changes.
Not only do I love what I do, but I take my profession of therapy very seriously. Some viewers ask why I would open myself up in this way and do this show. That’s an easy answer: because I want to help people. I want people to see that it’s OK to seek help if you hit a roadblock. Even I do too. Helping others through difficult times is what is most important and personal to me.
Ah, those personal issues. Therapists needing their own therapists! Of course we do. There are misconceptions that those in my profession don’t need to be helped themselves. Or, that we have to be fully whole, with all of the answers, and not working on ourselves. This is not the case in our profession. Did you know that to become a California licensed therapist we need to spend 3,000 hours in therapy, and it’s suggested that part of those hours are spent with ourselves being in therapy? We want to dispel the myth that therapy is only for those with “serious” issues. It would be like a dentist never going to the dentist, or a doctor never getting yearly checkups.