A child of Lithuanian refugees, I have been in the United States for over 30 years and can still appreciate the struggle to “fit in.” From my earliest years, watching my father put himself through Med School not once, but twice, in a new country, I am proud to be part of an American dream. From an early age, I have had an abiding respect for the work it takes to achieve success and perceived “normalcy” and I always knew I wanted to help people assimilate and feel like they belong.
I completed most of my education on the East Coast, receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from Florida State University, and my Master’s of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2011 from Seton Hall University, then transplanted to the West Coast in 2012. On the road to complete accreditation as a therapist, I worked in the legal field, ran operations for tech startups in Silicon Valley, and spent several years as an educator in academia. I have been in the mental health field for over a decade and have practiced therapy in three different languages.
My journey to becoming a specialist and researcher in sex therapies was not smooth and includes a failed marriage to an addict. However, as a result of this pivotal pain, I developed the strength to pursue this specialization and the dedication to the recovery of my patients. I am a huge proponent for the LGBT community and I welcome alternative views of relationships and sexual expression. The West Coast is home, but I am a New Yorker at heart, and my delivery is measured, sharp, and quick. In this Podcast we will UNDRESS issues facing those recovering from and impacted by sex addiction, traumas, attachment and underlying your or your loved ones symptoms.