Rebecca was always fascinated with the body and majored in Biology in her first year of college. At the same time, she was intrigued by the mind and decided to major in Psychology. She studied the job-demands resources model and what makes a great leader from a good leader, based on Jim Collins' book Good to Great. Rebecca credits her research in industrial organizational psychology to learning that humility is the number one quality in distinguishing a great leader from a good leader. Rebecca brings this level of humility and empathy to the table. Rebecca went on to receive her Bachelors in Science with a major in Psychology and a minor in Child & Family Development from The University of Georgia, while graduating from the Phi Betta Kappa honors society. After graduating in 3 years from college, Rebecca soon learned that she herself was burned out and facing the effects of the cumulative stress she had put on her body. Previously working in the corporate world, Rebecca quickly saw the job demands model come to life where higher demands were placed on employees than they had resources for. Rebecca recalls seeing her co-workers develop peptic ulcers due to the high, unrealistic demands. In battling her own stress and associated chronic pain, She soon became interested in ways to reduce stress. She went on to receive her masters in Clinical Social Work with a focus on Adult Mental Health and Wellness from The University of Southern California.
She has an extensive background in helping those who experience chronic pain, both from psychosomatic pain and from chronic illnesses. Rebecca was a psychotherapist at The Pain Psychology Center where she received unique training by Alan Gordon, LCSW, in healing psychosomatic pain. She also provided psychotherapy and group counseling at The Relational Center for those experiencing relational losses, stress, and coping with chronic illnesses. Rebecca has experience as a psychotherapist at UCLA Medicine & Pediatrics helping those with postpartum depression and anxiety related disorders where she received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Rebecca also previously worked under the supervision of Thomas J. Pier, LCSW, an expert in grief and loss and coping with chronic pain, who specializes in utilizing narrative therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Through this practice, Rebecca received additional consultation on the role of neurobiology in sexual and childhood trauma using a trauma-informed sensorimotor lens from trauma expert Kristin Zaleski, PhD, LCSW.
Rebecca provides co-therapy with Jennifer Musselman, LMFT, an expert in relationship counseling who has been featured on KTLA5 news and The Ricki Lake Show. Through The Musselman Institute, Rebecca continues to receive supervision on working with anxiety, depression, burnout, ADHD, grief, and stress management utilizing various cognitive behavioral, somatic, and psychodynamic approaches. Rebecca also continues to see teenagers and adults with ADHD at Hallowell Todaro's ADHD Center.
On her free time, Rebecca volunteers with a nonprofit, chyp, Creative Healing for Youth in Pain, which was founded by Dr. Lonnie Zelzer, a pediatric chronic pain expert at UCLA Medicine. At chyp, Rebecca has facilitated weekly groups and workshops for teenagers suffering from chronic pain, as well a support groups for their respective caregivers, under the supervision of Diana Taylor, PhD, an attachment psychologist.
Rebecca receives consultation from Tami Chelew, LMFT, in IS-TDP, Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy in reviewing previously recorded sessions. In addition, Rebecca has received trainings in ISTDP from Allan Abbass, MD, Steve Shapiro, PhD, Robert Neborsky, MD, and numerous other prominent clinicians. She also continues to work at an outpatient program, BOLD Health, under the supervision of Kristy Lamb, MD, with weekly supervision from internationally renowned ISTDP therapist, Jon Frederickson, MSW. In addition, Rebecca started a peer-led consultation group for clinicians using ISTDP with the Asian American population.
Rebecca has also received trainings in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Attachment-Based Therapy, Polyvagal Informed Psychotherapy, Gestalt Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Problem Solving Therapy (PST).