Manhattan Beach 310-482-9749
Antioch University, Los Angeles MA in Clinical Psychology
The University of Texas at Dallas
BA in Psychology
CAMFT Member since 2012
I became a therapist because I believe everyone deserves to be heard. Through my own experiences, I have seen the effect a good listener can have on another’s outlook. As I followed my own journey, I realized I can help others.
Prior to becoming a therapist, my career focused on domestic violence, behavioral and clinical research. Upon pursuing my licensing, I worked with the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach. During my tenure I provided services to patients, their families, and facilitated kids’ community and developed kids’ grief support group. This experience provided me with an extensive understanding of chronic disease/illness, grief and loss, family issues, and addiction.
Therapy truly is a journey and I am here to help with yours.
I deeply believe that the therapeutic process can unravel life’s stressors. Together we can help you gain a deeper understanding, build self-esteem, create awareness, regain confidence, and find your inner-peace and self-empowerment.
Our past does not define our present.
My role is to guide - YOU are the expert in your life. I will help you understand how circumstances brought you here and together we can work on getting you back on a track you want. My style is directive as I draw from various therapeutic orientations. We are all different and benefit from different approaches. It's important that I follow your lead and adapt to your specific needs. This means we go at your unique pace.
Simple but complicated: the common impact of many issues is a sense of loss.
While I have extensive experience helping people cope with trauma-related issues, I specialize in providing healthy coping skills with loss. Loss is the devastating result of so many life events - divorce, illness, injury, chronic pain, unemployment, identity changes. All these life transitions can create feelings of emptiness, sadness, anxiety, loss of motivation, and other related feelings.
Areas of work and specialties
Trauma, PTSD, depression and anxiety
Chronic illness, disease and chronic pain
Family loss, bereavement, grief
Hi, my name is Alfie! Don't let the bow tie fool you, I'm really easy going and down-to-earth. I was found in a warehouse in the Garment District of Los Angeles on May 17, 2011. Since that day, I've partnered with Sharon to help people. My resume includes working with the Cancer Support Community, Redondo Beach.
One day Sharon had an emergency at home and she was forced to bring me to the office. This is when she discovered I had more than just good looks, charm and a sweet demeanor. Sitting in a room full of patients, I found a comfortable spot on a patient's lap. Although some would have you believe I'm not a lap dog, the truth is, I'm a light 65lbs. While patients discussed their cancer journey, I got them to open up by wagging my tail and offering unconditional love and understanding. It was at this moment that patients began requesting that I be included in ALL sessions. Can you blame them? It was also at this moment that Sharon realized what great team we make! I now come to Sharon's private office, usually upon request, which is often.
Notice about Alfie the Comfort Dog
Alfie loves to join therapy sessions upon request -
but he won't be offended if you'd prefer dog-free sessions.
While many clients love the comfort and joy Alfie's company provides,
we completely understand not everyone will want him there.
Please do not hesitate to discuss
allergy requirements, fears or simple disinterest in dogs.
Your sessions are about you.
Rates & Insurance
My standard rate is $250 per 50-minute session
I am considered an Out of Network Provider although I do not accept insurance. This essentially means that services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:
Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
What is my deductible and has it been met?
How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
I will provide you with both billing and a health insurance claim form, including necessary coding, for you to submit to your insurance carrier for full/partial reimbursement.
Flexible fee schedule may be available.
Cash, check, and all major credit cards. Fees are collected at the end of each session.
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.
Questions? Please contact me for further information.