I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing individual, couples, and family psychotherapy to clients throughout the greater Los Angeles area. In addition to my private- practice work, I also provide services to clients in highly specialized dual-diagnosis treatment centers in the Los Angeles area, including working with individuals and their families, as well as conducting training and consultation groups for other clinicians.
I graduated from Pacifica Graduate Institute with a Masters degree in counseling psychology focusing on the study of Jungian psychology. I also have Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in applied mathematics and computer science. Before fully focusing on my professional psychotherapeutic work, my career and experience was inside high-paced technology companies, so I have a deep understanding of modern corporate cultures from an insider’s perspective and have been able to help clients who are experiencing obstacles working inside these settings.
I immigrated to the US from Croatia almost thirty years ago, so my personal experience of acclimating to this country, and differing experiences in southern, eastern, and western states has been invaluable in my work with clients who are going through a similar process.
I believe that psychotherapy should be tailored to your unique situation and the particular challenges you are facing. To provide you with the most effective support, I draw from a number of psychological theories, including psychodynamic and humanistic approaches. I also use techniques from sensorimotor, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), and postmodern therapies, providing a coherent approach to helping my clients feel better and optimally function in different aspects of their lives.
The individuals I’ve worked with in therapy have been contending with a wide range of challenges, such as the negative effects of alcohol, drug use and/or compulsive sexual behaviors, as well as depression, anxiety, childhood/adult trauma, and relationship problems (including getting into, staying in, or communicating within relationships). Many clients are also experiencing difficulties with their work life, including the stresses of high-pressure corporate environments and career changes. Clients who have moved from another country or a different part of the U.S. are navigating the particular complications of living in Los Angeles. And I’ve worked with many people who are trying to find their own place and identity within the broader LGBTQ community.