I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park and completed my clinical internship at the University of Virginia. My research focused on the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of anxiety and disorders which often accompany it.
My clinical work involved clients from diverse backgrounds based on age and socioeconomic status, gender and gender identity, religion and ethnicity. I worked with students, active military, veterans, and members of the LGBT+ community.
Using a range of cognitive, behavioral, and emotion focused approaches which are aimed at solutions, I developed an integrative and eclectic therapeutic style centering on treatment that is tailored to the client's needs.
Therapy allows you to take control of your life. Through your work with a therapist, you can find focus and motivation, joy and inspiration. Even though you may feel anxious or even paralyzed with worry, you can develop the strategies to overcome these feelings.
We will find--together--the obstacles which stand in your way and lead to guilt, lack of energy, and feeling overwhelmed. Once we know the stumbling blocks and can name them, we will find ways around them, through them, over them: we will strategize. We will find and develop the strategies that will help you to accomplish your goals.
I use video therapy in my practice. Video therapy allows you to work on your goals from the convenience of your home or office. You can choose a place where you are comfortable and relaxed. You don’t have the added worry of traffic and delays interfering with your therapy.
Call me to schedule a free 15-minute consultation. We’ll find out if we are a good fit for therapy, and then begin the process of achieving your goals.
The process of therapy will take us through a three-stage journey: acknowledge, strategize, accomplish. Through our work together, you will come to acknowledge the challenges you face. Once we know where we are, we will develop a plan for ongoing treatment and identify the strategies you need to work through your challenges. Finally, with a set of sound strategies and coping mechanisms, you’ll be on the path to accomplish your goals with clarity and confidence.
In my practice, I am flexible, warm, and nonjudgmental. Having lived with people in three countries on two continents, I have experienced a wide range of cultural backgrounds and I use that experience in therapy. Most importantly, I remain current with research in the field, and apply the findings from that research in my therapy sessions.
One of the meaningful clinical experiences of my life occurred during the four years between receiving my master’s degree and my doctorate. While my husband served in the U.S. Army and deployed to OIF, I was able to engage in treatment and research at several Army posts.
While at Fort Benning and Fort Huachuca, I worked with the Chaplains to help with the mental health treatment of military personnel. During our time at Fort Campbell, I assisted researchers at Vanderbilt University. Our projects focused on the Army’s Post-Deployment Health Reassessment Program, and the Nashville Veterans’ Administration PTSD treatment program.
My clinical work during my years at military posts had a crucial influence on my thinking and career in Clinical Psychology. These experiences gave me a sense and understanding of the profound impact therapy can have on people--providing them with meaning, relief, and healing.