My name is Tiffany Falk and I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#100143). I am currently working under the supervision of Curt Widhalm (#47333) at his private practice. I have my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and received my degree from the University of Southern California (USC). I completed my undergraduate studies as a Psychology major from San Diego State University (SDSU).
For my traineeship/practicum, I worked at the Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity (KCLC) on USC’s campus. KCLC is designed to provide enhanced academic support for the undergraduate students of USC. KCLC works with many undergraduate students who may or may not have had learning disabilities such as dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences. My traineeship with this population has allowed me to understand that just because a student has a difference in learning, it does not mean they are unable to succeed. I find that helping clients accomplish their academic goals is rewarding in every way.
My athletic background involves soccer. I played competitive club soccer since I was young. I played four years of varsity soccer while I was in high school. I then went on to play club soccer in college. I understand the transition from thinking you are going to play a college sport, to having to re-adjust your plans due to unforeseen circumstances. My own personal journey of balancing the social, emotional, physical, and mental aspects of being an athlete allowed me to realize that this is one of the populations I wanted to work with.
My racial identity has also had a strong impact on who I want to work with therapeutically. I identify as being mixed-race. My mother is an immigrant, and my father is American. I believe that my racial background has given me an interesting perspective of how I have navigated socially, emotionally, and mentally in life. I understand what it means to feel like you don’t fit in one box. I also recognize how racial identity can effect how one is perceived.
I am passionate about working with anyone who wants to try therapy. With my own personal experiences, I feel strongly about working with athletes, racial identity, and academics. There are many social dynamics that come into play when you are someone who may have practice everyday, or being a student, or not fitting in. I hope to create a space where my client is able to discuss things that may not always feel comfortable opening up about. I believe that anyone is capable of being better, with the right support and the willingness to try.