Private Practice

Santa Monica, CA – 2004 to Present

Expertise in Grief, Young Widowhood, Survivors of Suicide, Trauma, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Loss, Infertility, Stillbirth, Death Midwifery, Pre- and Post-Natal issues, Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Parenting, Infant and Child Development.

Angels Born Still

Santa Monica, CA – 2014 to Present

Founder, Specializing in Stillbirth, Miscarriage, Pregnancy Loss and Home funerals.

Ivy & Osborn

Santa Monica, CA – 2011 to 2014

Co-founder of Ivy & Osborn, Specializing in Infertility, Pregnancy, Postpartum Mental Health and Pregnancy Loss.

Los Angeles, CA – 2012 to Present

Contributing Expert on Grief and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

Los Angeles, CA – 2010 to Present

On-Line, ‘Expert’ Psychologist’.

Center For Reflective Parenting

Los Angeles, CA – 2009 to 2011

Board Member, Fund Raiser.

My Gym: Children’s Fitness Center Online

Los Angeles, CA – 2009 to 2010

On-line Parenting and Child Development Expert offering advice to parents globally in the areas of infant and children development, teenagers and family dynamics.

Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine

Santa Monica, CA – 2006-2008

Clinical Psychologist and Facilitator of 3 groups: infertility, pregnancy and postpartum support, and grief.

Pump Station

Santa Monica, CA – 2004-2006

Created and facilitated Mommy and Me groups for infants and toddlers.

Wright Institute

Los Angeles, CA – 2002-2005

Post Doctorate Psychoanalytic Training.

Our House –

Bereavement CenterLos Angeles, CA – 1998-2000Group Leader – 2 Young Widows Groups.

Julia Ann Singer Center

Los Angeles, CA – 1998-1999

Internship- Children and Family Counseling.

Jewish Family Services

Los Angeles, CA – 1997-1998

Internship- Individual and Family Counseling.


Los Angeles, CA – 1996-1997

Clerkship – Psychological Assessments, Office for Students with Academic Disabilities.

Children’s Hospital

Los Angeles, CA – 1994

Internship – Oncology Ward.

Saint John’s Hospital

Los Angeles, CA – 1993

Child Study Center Intern Volunteer.

The Pump Station in Santa Monica

March 2013 Presentation on “The Many Faces of Postpartum Depression”

Club MomMe

May 2012 Presentation to new father’s to-be on Postpartum Symptoms in their partners and what to look for in themselves

Childhood Grief and Traumatic Loss Conference

March 2012 Topic: The Intergenerational Impact of Early Parent Loss Keynote speaker along with Dr. Marie Paulson, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics USC Keck School of Medicine and Kimberly Wong, J.D.

Saint John’s Hospital Irene Dunne Guild

May 2012 Think Pink Event, Keynote Speaker on Women’s Depression and Anxiety

Los Angeles County Psychological Association Annual Conference

October 2011 Topic: When the Bough Breaks: Understanding Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders Keynote speaker along with Dr. Lisa Osborn

UCLA Women’s Life Center

February 2010, 2011 and 2012 Presentation to Psychiatric Residents on the Topic: Peri-Natal Loss

Carlthorp School – Guest Speaker and Presenter

Santa Monica, CA – coming in January 2010 Topic: Social Development of 1st and 2nd graders, what to expect, understand and areas of focus to nurture.

Sunshine Pre-School – Guest Speaker & Presenter

Los Angeles, CA – 2005 Topic: Discipline for Pre-school children

Antioch College – Guest Speaker & Presenter

Los Angeles, CA – 1998 Topic: Doctoral Dissertation and Film

CSPP – Psy.D. : Clinical PsychologyLos Angeles, CA – 1998-2000CSPP – M.A.: Clinical Psychology

Los Angeles, CA – 1996-1998

Scripps College –B.A.: Clinical Psychology

Claremont, CA – 1991-1995

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising – A.A.

Los Angeles, CA – 1984-1986 Advertising, Graphics and Advertising

Doctoral Dissertation: Working with Young Widows and Widowers: Understanding the Bereavement of Sudden Loss and Countertransference (April 1999)

Doctoral Film: Working with Young Widows and Widowers: Understanding the Bereavement of Sudden Loss and Countertransference, featuring Dr.’s Therese Rando, Kenneth Doka and Stephen Shuchter (April 1999)

Thesis: Perceived Sex-Role of Parents and Achievement Motivation – Effect of Parent-Child Relationship (December 1995)

Postgraduate Education

Postpartum Support International

Certification in Maternal Perinatal and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders (2013)

Wright Institute Los Angeles

Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2002-2005)

Wright Institute Los Angeles, Professor

February 2012 Course: Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders from a Psychoanalytic Perspective – weekly on-line columnist

March 2012- December 2012


November 2011 Featured Expert Psychologist on Cyber-bullying

Palisades Elementary School

April 2011 Topic: Social Development and Bullying

MOMTV with Leslie Gail (Web TV Show)

February 2011 Topic: Mindful Parenting and Reducing Stress at Home

Multiples Seminar

January 2011 Sponsored by pediatricians Dr. Jay Gordon, Dr. Linda Nussbaum and Dr. Jody Lapin

LA Family Magazine

May 2010 Article Published on Reflective Parenting

Second Chances with Susan Armstrong (Radio Interview)

June 2010

Dr. Karyl McBride (Radio Interview)

June 2010

Dr. Sheila’s Talk Show on (Radio Interview)

May 2010

The Irshad Manji Show – Guest Psychologist

Los Angeles, CA – 2009

  • Providence St. John’s Hospital – Hospital Staff Privileges
  • Providence St. John’s Hospital – Irene Dunne Guild
  • Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force
  • The American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA)
  • Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA)
  • Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)
  • Postpartum Health Alliance (PHA)
  • Postpartum Support International (PSI)
  • Alumni Board of the Wright Institute of Los Angeles
  • Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA)
  • National Home Funeral Alliance (NHFA)