I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, California with expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). In addition to specialized training in anxiety disorders (e.g., generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, health anxiety, social anxiety), obsessive compulsive & related disorders, mood disorders, and insomnia, I am also skilled in helping individuals cope effectively with life stressors and adjustment concerns, including the young adulthood transition, prepartum & postpartum concerns, grief & loss, and relationship difficulties. I have extensive experience with exposure and response prevention (ERP), cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), mindfulness, and compassion-focused interventions. Additional clinical interests include maternal mental health, perfectionism, multicultural counseling and competencies, and strength-based counseling approaches.
Prior to entering private practice, I worked as a staff psychologist and clinical supervisor at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services for four years, where I previously completed a year-long APA accredited internship and subsequent year-long post-doctoral fellowship in evidence-based treatments for mood and anxiety disorders. During my internship and fellowship, I obtained specialized training in exposure and response prevention for OCD and the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders. I have also obtained diverse clinical experience in a variety of other settings, including the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center, UCLA Semel Childhood OCD, Anxiety, & Tic Disorders Clinic, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Verdugo Mental Health. I am a certified CBT-I clinician, having completed a specialized training program developed by Dr. Gregg Jacobs, one of the principal developers of CBT-I, at Harvard Medical School.
I completed my undergraduate education at UC Berkeley, graduating with Highest Distinction, and my masters and doctoral degrees at Pepperdine University. I am a clinical instructor at UCLA, serving as an attending psychologist in the Insomnia Clinic of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. I am also an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University and have taught graduate courses in the area of multicultural psychology. I am a native English and Armenian speaker and offer therapy in both languages.