I received my PhD in clinical psychology from the UMass, Amherst in 2003, after my full-time internship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. I completed my postdoctoral training jointly there and at Fenway Community Health, where I worked for an additional three and a half years. My published graduate research addressed the experiences of hate-crime victimization based on sexual orientation.
My work as a therapist is informed by early training in both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders and depression, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy. My approach draws from the applications of mindfulness and self-compassion in psychotherapy, as well as feminist approaches such as Relational-Cultural therapy. Ultimately, I believe it is the relationship that heals, as well as learning to be a kind friend to oneself. I believe that good mental health means knowing you have choices and making them consciously (not which choices you make).