I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia with 8 years of experience providing therapy and clinical interventions.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Charlottetsville, VA
I worked as a therapist at University of Virginia Emily Couric Cancer Center for 4 years (2016-2020). I primarily provided counseling services to patients diagnosed with prostate, bladder, renal, urothelial, blood cancers (including Leukemia, lymphoma, MDS, MM) and head and neck cancer. I met individually with patients, caregivers, couples, and families.
I have worked my whole career in treating clients experiencing different forms of anxiety (GAD, OCD, panic disorders, etc. I use a combination of mindfulness, cognitive and behavioral based interventions in working with anxiety. Being a therapist with OCD gives me particular insight into the features and experiences with people suffering from OCD. I am familiar with assessing OCD symptoms using Y-BOCS scale.
Prior to working with a cancer population, I worked for 4 years in inpatient palliative/gerontology/end of life medicine. I have extensive experience with helping families with goals of care conversations, coping with a loved one actively dying, and general grief counseling support. I have graduate school elective training in this subject and also helped co-facilitate a grief and loss support group for caregivers of cancer patients.
I have graduate school elective credits/training in CBT and I have used CBT within my clinical practice for the past 8 years. I have specific training in utilizing CBT working with adolescents labeled with conduct/behavioral issues.
I graduated from Smith College School For Social Work in Massachusetts, which has a strong reputation for training in psychodynamic therapy. I use psychodynamic interventions sprinkled throughout other interventions to best suit you.
In the past two years I have taken two extensive trainings for ACT from Russ Harris, a leading ACT teacher. I completed 32+ contact hours with these trainings learning the basics of ACT treatment and how to use these interventions for trauma work. I have used ACT most extensively with the cancer population, however, have found great success in utilizing it for a much broader population addressing concerns of, trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, etc.
I have been receiving training in using EFT with couples therapy, and I also practice this when counseling individuals who note relationships strain. Dr. Sue Johnson’s book “Hold Me Tight” best describes this practice and is a wonderful book for anyone looking to understand this practice a little better.