Hello! I am a health psychologist specializing in anxiety and chronic health. I am an expert in exposure and mindfulness-based therapy.
Clinical Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA
I have extensive experience treating the full range of anxiety problems (stress, panic, worry, phobia, fear, health/illness anxiety, social anxiety, posttraumatic stress). I have years of experience with traditional cognitive-behavioral approaches to anxiety treatment (e.g., exposure therapy, cognitive challenging) which I implement within an acceptance and mindfulness-based approach. I'll help you confront anxiety so you can get back to focusing on the people and activities that matter to you.
I am proficient in treating individuals with chronic health conditions (e.g., fibromyalgia, pain) as well as the stress, frustration, anxiety, and depression that naturally follow. For the past 2 years I have worked in a pain clinic. Previously, I worked in clinics specializing in HIV, obesity, and organ transplant surgery. Together, we'll shift focus away from your limitations and towards your strengths. We may not be able to change your pain but we will work to release the grip it has on you.
It's completely normal to feel down or depressed sometimes. Every human will. That doesn't mean we're helpless or it's hopeless (even if it seems that way!) I'll work with you to address the negative thoughts, judgments, and self-criticisms you have. When you're down you may not feel like doing anything or talking to anyone, which only makes you feel more isolated and lonely. I'll work with you step back from the cloud of depression to be more mindful in the present moment.
I first learned exposure therapy in 2011. Since then, I have been performing individual and group-based exposure therapy for anxiety and have provided clinical supervision for trainees. In the VA, I learned Prolonged Exposure (PE) for Veterans with PTSD. I conduct exposures within an ACT-framework. We don't exposure ourselves to situations, thoughts, emotions, and sensations to torture ourselves; rather, we learn to tolerate distress so that we can engage with the people and things that matter.
ACT is my primary orientation and used in all of my work. I received graduate training in ACT and have taken numerous trainings/workshops led by ACT experts including Drs. Steven Hayes and Jason Luoma. Together, we'll work to identify the function of your behaviors and find solutions that better work in context of your life. Acceptance isn't giving up the fight, it's seeing how the game is rigged and refusing to keep playing the same way with the same outcome.
Mindfulness is a huge component of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I regularly utilize mindfulness exercises in session. Mindfulness is not about "being calm" or distracting away from your problems. We'll use mindfulness to retrain your brain to be in the present moment, regardless of what is in the present moment. Anxiety wants you in the future; depression wants you in the past but you live in the here and now. Let's get you back into your life!