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About Claudia

How can we live our one precious life in a vibrant, authentic, fulfilled way? As a Licensed Psychotherapist, this is the question that I hold as part of the therapeutic relationship, and seek to address with cutting edge approaches incorporating neuroscience, psychology and attachment theory. I welcome parts of the self that have been denied, repressed or pushed away to facilitate integration in a contained, empathic space. I combine my education and clinical training with my own varied life experience to provide an individualized, eclectic approach. This approach emphasizes psychodynamic, somatic and attachment-focused psychotherapy and EMDR, with mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral techniques. I provide skills and tools to support the healing process and to gain control of life. I believe in our self’s ability to heal, and thereby achieve a new experience of freedom.

I was born and raised in Great Britain. I have lived, studied and worked in diverse communities all over the world and speak five languages, enabling me to bring a strong understanding of difference to my work. I have worked in the wellness field since 2000, have studied holistic healing and am certified in Shiatsu and Reiki. I received extensive training and experience in yoga and meditation, including a year-long residency, resulting in 2 yoga certifications and thousands of hours teaching yoga, mindfulness, breathwork and meditation to children and adults. This background has given me a rich understanding of approaching each person holistically.

In addition to my private practice, I offer consultation and clinical supervision to other clinicians, facilitate on trainings for those learning EMDR, speak on trauma-related topics and hold the title of Approved Consultant, EMDRIA's senior title of expertise. 

Education, Training and Experience

MA in Clinical Psychology, Antioch University Los Angeles

EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Internationally Certified

EMDR Levels 1 & 2 completed (EMDR Institute), Levels 1,2,3 (Attachment-Focused EMDR, Parnell Institute) plus specialized EMDR child/adolescent training, dissociative symptoms training and attachment training

TRM somatic trauma certification All levels completed

Brainspotting All levels completed, Internationally Certified in Brainspotting

Somatic Experiencing 2 years supervision completed

Peace Over Violence In Service Training

BA (Honors) in French and Russian major, Spanish minor, University of Sheffield, England

Private Practice, West Hollywood, California Ongoing psychotherapy with integrative somatic therapies and EMDR.

Camden Center, West Los Angeles, California Dual Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program treating addiction, mental health issues and families.

The Maple Counseling Center, Beverly Hills, California

Southern California’s highly regarded psychodynamic training institute, in which I worked with adults facing a variety of life challenges such as anxiety, depression, grief, trauma and relational issues. 

A Place Called Home, South Los Angeles, California

One of the city's foremost non-profits, in which I worked with marginalized populations dealing with issues of trauma such as child abuse, sexual abuse, addiction, gang violence and domestic violence, focusing on empowerment and resiliency to change multi-generational patterns in families.  

Professional Affiliations

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)

Institute for Creative Mindfulness

Parnell Institute

Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy Association (LAGPA)

Women's Association for Addiction Treatment (WAAT)

Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA)