Irma grew up in Detroit, Michigan and got her BA from the University of Michigan. She earned her Masters of Social Work at the University of California at Los Angeles. Over the years she has worked as a therapist and group leader in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. She currently works with individuals of all ages who are struggling with various forms of mental health, including anxiety and depression. She has an extensive background in parenting and family dynamics.
Irma believes that healing, growth, and change are available to all people, regardless of their present circumstances or their past misfortune. She helps clients identify their challenges and their goals, and to find viable ways to help each client make changes along their psychological, social, and biological axes of life. She believes that no one is an island and that there is no shame in reaching out for help. She seeks to provide an empathetic and intellectually engaging environment to cultivate insights and promote growth.
Irma utilizes a collaborative approach to therapy (which includes modalities such as psychodynamic therapy, existential therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as an interpersonal, and a client-centered perspective) to help empower clients to find their own meaning, happiness, and peace in their lives. She knows it can be very intimidating to reach out, especially if you are new to therapy, but encourages you to take the risk.
Irma also values having a balanced life and enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, photography, hiking and the outdoors.