A SoCal based psychologist whose work feeds an insatiable wanderlust.


Road Trip: LA to AZ

There's just something about the desert. The still air. The crystal clear atmosphere. That feeling when you roll down your window of the air conditioned car and feel that blasting heat hit your face.

Two weekends ago, my husband and I set out across the California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona deserts on a 40 hour, spur-of-the-moment road trip to Page, Arizona. I have been hellbent on seeing Horseshoe Bend and the Antelope slot canyons in person for a few months now and this was our chance to do a quick turn around trip. So at 4am on a Saturday, we set out from Los Angeles County and headed onto wide open 15 freeway, northbound.   

Forensic Psych 101

I get asked about my work a lot. I mean, a lot. No doubt people's fascination with all things forensic have been continually perpetuated by media and sensationalized entertainment outlets. But it absolutely is fascinating and different every single day.

The term forensic (in any field of study) is going to refer to the overlapping of the criminal justice system. Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Computer Analysis, etc. Generally these are going to be experts in a specific field that are called in to either help during an investigation or to testify as an expert in court.

Forensic psychology is no different. The majority of forensic psychologists are referred clients for evaluation and/ or therapy from the courts or from a criminal justice entity such as a prison or parole department. They may also be called upon to testify as an expert witness in their specific area of expertise without having seen any clients or defendants personally. Four instance, a psychologist may specialize in treating child victims of abuse and may testify to how an abused child may behave. 

Aarhus: Culture, Coffee, and a Crime Drama


I knew that I would be traveling to Copenhagen for a conference and wanted to see more of the country while we were there.  I started hearing a lot of buzz about Aarhus sometime last year so it was on my short list as a side trip contender.  I first found inspiration from yet another wonderful article in Travel + Leisure that highlighted the young and fresh culinary and art scenes that Denmark's second city was offering to the world. Once I realized that one of Ron Mueck's pieces was on exhibit at the ARoS, my interest was further piqued. Then the article included a conversation with the creator of Dicte, a Danish crime drama on Netflix. I became an instant fan and thought it would be fun to see the show's backdrop in person. That sealed the deal.  

Late Summer in Copenhagen

I am extremely fortunate to work with another psychologist who is phenomenal at her job as a forensic psychologist and who just happens to be Danish.  I was so excited to get her input about what I should and shouldn't do in Denmark while visiting for a conference presentation. Should I go to Aarhus or Bornholm for my side trip? What was the weather going to be like? Shaking her head, she said, "It's been a terrible, rainy summer." Damn. My last three trips have been to traditionally rainy places.  

What did we get during our nine days in Denmark? Nine beautiful, sunny late summer days.