Therapeutic Approach: Throughout therapy, I continually assess my clients’ individualized needs and shape my therapeutic approaches to more accurately fit their unique personalities, presentation of symptoms, and life difficulties. My work is integrative in nature and draws from psychodynamic, interpersonal, mindfulness-based, and cognitive behavioral theories. I strive to help my clients gain deeper levels of insight into their struggles to increase self-understanding, acceptance, and growth. I believe it is important to be my genuine self in sessions, often challenging, supporting, laughing, and sharing the weight of sadness with my clients. By providing an open and accepting environment, I help my clients identify recurring life patterns and connect pieces of their past to current life struggles. In addition to guiding clients toward reaching specific goals, I find that individuals often gain confidence, a sense of fulfillment, emotional growth, and empowerment as a result of our therapeutic work. Above all, I take great care to instill hope in my clients, and take pride in being part of their journey.
I see clients for a variety of mental health issues and concerns. Some areas of focus include:
- Trauma-related struggles and PTSD
- Relationship difficulties
- Couples’ therapy
- Life changes and transitions
- Struggles with identity
- Loss and grief
- End of life issues
- Alcohol and substance use difficulties
- Veterans’ issues
- Coping with chronic health conditions
- Eating disorders and disordered eating
- Personal insight and growth
Background: I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Syracuse University and completed my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. I have worked with adults, older adults, and couples in settings such as university counseling centers, community clinics, and several VA Medical Centers. I completed my predoctoral clinical internship, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship at the Long Beach VA Medical Center.