About Carol

“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present... gratefully.”

- Maya Angelou

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    I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who enjoys helping people of diverse backgrounds live in a way that feels authentic and satisfying. For over six years, I have been working with people using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), LGBT Affirmative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems Therapy and Mindfulness. I also have a great interest in Eco-psychology.

     In 2011 I began working in private practice under the supervision of Kari Barker, MFT at the DBT Center of the South Bay in Torrance, California. I was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and practiced comprehensive DBT there for six years. Prior, I completed a one-year internship at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center where I was trained in LGBT Affirmative Therapy. I have a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University (2010) as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching English as Second Language from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (1990) and a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University (1988).  

     In addition to running my private practice, I held the position of Vice President of Finance for the Long Beach-South Bay Chapter of the California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) from 2017 to 2019.  I am actively involved in therapist groups aimed at professional and personal development.

     I have come to the field of psychotherapy after 20 years as an educator and writer. I taught college students from all over the world and have always had an interest in helping people express themselves authentically. The longer I work with people, the more deeply I understand that life is all about relationships: relationship to others, relationship to the environment and, perhaps most importantly, relationship to self. This is what has drawn me to be a therapist.

     I love being at a place in my life where I can integrate my years of experience in counseling, teaching, learning and self-discovery to help guide others to live their lives more fully and with deeper awareness.