Fonda is a licensed clinical social worker and specializes in treating adults, couples and parents of children of all ages. She takes a caring, non-judgmental approach stemming from compassion for her clients’ life journeys. Fonda joined SoCal DBT to better serve clients with family of origins problems and developmental trauma contributing to significant issues with managing emotions, maintaining stable relationships, and getting into values-based alignment with life. Fonda takes particular interest in gaining insight into the influence of cultural and intergenerational histories and harnessing this insight into recovering from traumatic retentions.
Fonda earned her Master of Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. She is a double Bruin, having earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology and minor in Asian American Studies. To gain a better understanding of systems and the diversity of the human experience, Fonda worked in various county mental health programs and a large health care system where she gained a deep appreciation for grounding her approach to mental health care and therapeutic skill sets in evidence-based practices. This was where she developed a passion for Dialectical Behavior Therapy and decided to become intensively trained in DBT through Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech. Fonda is also trained in DBT Prolonged Exposure, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy. As a member of Dr. Suzanne Wallach’s comprehensive DBT team, Fonda is a DBT Skills Leader, primary DBT therapist and parent skills trainer.