I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy.
All of my training - in both my masters and doctoral programs - has been built on foundational person-centered principles, such as unconditional positive regard, empathy, and congruence.
My relationship with clients is based on authentic connection and equality between therapist and client. I help empower clients to understand the social factors that contribute to their issues and to claim their unique identity. I often use techniques such as role-playing and assertiveness-training to help clients build their identity and self-esteem, to the degree they can behave freely, rather than conform to cultural expectations and gender roles that others believe are appropriate.
For almost fours years, I worked as a staff psychologist and Coordinator of Sexual Assault Services at Towson University. For the past ten years, a large portion of the clients I have worked with have histories of sexual trauma.
For almost fours years, I worked as a staff psychologist and Coordinator of Sexual Assault Services at Towson University. Over the past ten years, a large portion of the clients I have worked with have histories of sexual trauma.
Long-term intimate relationships have been an area of focus in both my research and clinical work. I am interested in the transitions and stressors that occur in such relationships — particularly the period of time around the birth of the first child. Both my thesis and doctoral dissertation research looked at new mothers and issues that arise in women’s intimate relationships during the transition to parenthood.
Anxiety is the most common disorder I treat. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment therapy to help clients relieve symptoms. I also work with clients to explore and understand what may be behind the anxiety in order to create lasting and effective change.