I am a clinical social worker with extensive experience providing psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, families and groups. Because a one-size-fits all approach does not apply to the complexity the human experience, I draw from a wide range of modalities to help clients with emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal concerns – including Schema Therapy, CBT, EMDR, and Family Systems Therapy.
I have a particular interest working with trauma and have expertise in the three evidence-based psychotherapies considered to be the “gold standard” treatments for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other forms of trauma: Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
I also have an interest in hard-to-treat conditions that have not responded well to prior psychotherapy. In my experience treatment resistant depression and anxiety, attachment trauma, personality disorders, and similarly difficult conditions respond well to Schema Therapy - an evidenced-based therapy that integrates elements of cognitive therapy, behavior therapy, object relations, and gestalt therapy into one unified, systematic approach to treatment.
My interest in Schema Therapy led me to complete two years of advanced clinical training at the NJ Institute for Schema Therapy. I am now an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist with the International Society of Schema Therapy.
My diverse background includes treating complex behavioral health conditions in a wide range of settings, including active duty military personnel at the Department of Defense, adolescents and families at the DC Department of Behavioral Health school-based mental health program, and individuals and families at The Counseling Center at St. Columba’s in Tenleytown.
I earned my MSW from Catholic University in DC and spent my advanced year internship at the Inpatient Schizophrenia Research Program at NIMH where I worked with patients involved in research as well as their families.
I also completed four years of advanced clinical training in Family Systems Theory and Psychotherapy at The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Georgetown. Family Systems provides an avenue for clients to recognize the role social systems play in maintaining problems.
I am passionate about helping clients achieve personal growth and I work diligently to guide clients along their path to a better life.