Los Angeles psychotherapy for addiction, trauma, depression, and anxiety

My approach to psychotherapy reflects my commitment to serve people from all walks of life, facing a variety of emotional difficulties, using approaches that are effective and tailored to their individual needs.


My career began with training in crisis intervention, for use in a volunteer position: as an operator for the only crisis line for the elderly in the U.S. Since then, I have consciously sought to develop an eclectic mix of therapeutic skills and tools. My training includes psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral approaches, Gestalt Therapy, and interventions developed specifically for the treatment of addiction and trauma.

My work is informed by mindfulness meditation practice, which reflects, for one thing, the extensive base of scientific evidence of its usefulness in the treatment of a variety of mental health problems, and its support for human well-being overall. I have witnessed these benefits emerge in many therapy clients, as well as in my own life, over the more than 20 years of my own mindfulness meditation practice. (I offer several guided mindfulness meditations here free of charge; please try one.)   

Prior to entering private practice, I spent years serving the most vulnerable populations of persons experiencing trauma, addiction, severe mental illness, and homelessness, in the public mental health system. Subsequently, I worked in chemical dependency treatment centers, where I developed unique techniques for serving physicians, attorneys, and other professionals suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions.

Please feel free to contact me for a free 20-minute consultation to discuss the problems you're facing, and whether I might be able to serve you.

Qualifications | AFFILIATIONS

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California (LCS 63567)
  • Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
  • Member, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
  • Member, National Association of Social Workers
  • MSW, University of Southern California, specialization in Systems of Recovery from Mental Illness
  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles, Sociology and Abnormal Psychology


Hjort, J. (2016). Mindfulness in mental health care settings. In E. Schott & E. Weiss (Eds.), Transformative social work practice (pp. 69-81). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Advanced Training

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
  • Clinical Hypnosis, American Society for Clinical Hypnosis
  • Gestalt Therapy, Pacific Gestalt Institute
  • Mindfulness facilitation, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing