An eclectic blend of professional and life experience along with ongoing formal and self-guided training has resulted in a seemingly disparate assemblage of expertise and professional services.  The common thread is dedication to helping some of our most under-served people. Key to this endeavor is a willingness to remain curious, develop multiple professional skills, and continue thinking “outside the box.”


1983 Bachelor of Science, Business Management & Administration, Pepperdine University
1980-1992 Small business management and administration
1990-1992 Volunteer Counselor, Jewish Family Services Cult Clinic, Los Angeles
1990-1992 Speaker, Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles Commission on Cults and Missionaries
Aug. 1996-Aug. 1997 Practicum Placement, Catholic Charities Center for Psychological Services, Van Nuys
1996-1998 Volunteer Therapeutic Shadow and Advisor, Hill and Dale Family Learning Center, Gramercy Place, Los Angeles
June 1997 Master of Arts, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles
Aug. 1997-Jun. 1998 Psychology Intern, Children, Youth, Family Services Consortium, Alhambra
Aug. 1998-Aug. 1999 Psychology Intern, Julia Ann Singer Center, Los Angeles
Sept. 1999-Jun. 2000 Counselor, Our Lady of the Valley School, Canoga Park Catholic Charities Center for Psychological Services, Van Nuys
Apr. 2000-Mar. 2002 Registered Psychological Assistant, Counseling Center of Santa Monica, Los Angeles
February 2002 Doctor of Philosophy, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles (Multicultural and Community Clinical Proficiency)
Apr. 2002-May. 2005 Registered Psychological Assistant to Katina K. Kostoulas, Ph.D., Los Angeles
May 2005 – Present Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, Los Angeles
Sept. 2006 – Jul 2008 Provisional Staff Member with Psychology Privileges, Brotman Medical Center Dept. of Behavioral Medicine, Culver City


1992 Communication Workshop for Cult Awareness Network Affiliates, Annual CAN     Conference, Los Angeles, CA
1993 Panel Chair: Cult Phenomenon: Cult Affiliation and Clinical Assessment, Los Angeles County Psychological Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA
 1999  Presentation, Factors Associated with Post-cult Distress: Research Findings

Symposium Panel Member, Toward a Common Research Agenda, Annual Conference of the American Family Foundation, St. Paul, MN

2001 Presentation, Trauma Research Applied to the Study of Cult-related Distress, Annual Conference of the American Family Foundation, Newark, NJ
2002 Presentation, The Prevalence of Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse Among Former Cult Members as Compared to the General Population, Annual Conference of the American Family Foundation, Orlando, FL
2002 Expert Interviewee, AM Radio Station KFWB Talk Show: Mind Control
2003 Coordinator, Psychological Research, Parts I & II And Presentation, Cults and New Religions: Findings from the Psychological Research, Annual Conference of the American Family Foundation, Orange, CA
2009 Expert Interviewee for History Channel show “That’s Impossible: Mind Control”
2016 Presentation, Cults: An Overview

Panelist, Cults & Sex Trafficking Conference,
University of Southern California

Winocur, N., Sorensen, C., Vaughn, P.K., Whitney, J. & Foy, D.W. (November, 1996). Factors associated with post-cult distress: Addressing the controversy empirically. A poster presented at the 12th annual conference of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, San Francisco.

Winocur, N., Whitney, J., Sorensen, C., Vaughn, P.K., & Foy, D.W.(1997). The Individual Cult Experience Index: The assessment of cult involvement and its relationship to post-cult distress. Cultic Studies Journal, 14(2), 290-306.


2007 Study and Report on the Efficacy of Jews for Judaism Counseling Services and Proposal for Future Evaluation (including instruments, methods, procedures and analyses).


The American Psychological Association (APA)

The Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA)

Asperger Syndrome Education Network (ASPEN)

International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

The Balanced Mind Foundation (Family Resources for Kids with Mood Disorders)

The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) and


Providing services for adults of all ages in the following areas:

*Asperger’s Syndrome

*Gifted and Twice-Exceptional (gifted with learning, developmental and/or psychiatric conditions)

*Bipolar Disorder

*Mindfulness and Positive Psychology

*Depression and Anxiety

*History of Childhood Trauma

*Cult Involvement and Mind Control