I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park and completed my clinical internship at the University of Virginia. My research focused on the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of anxiety and disorders which often accompany it. I started my private practice in 2016.
I have worked with clients from diverse backgrounds based on age, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity, religion, and ethnicity. I have worked with students, active military, veterans, and members of the LGBT+ community.
My therapeutic style is integrative and eclectic and centers on creating a treatment that is tailored to the client needs. I use a range of cognitive, behavioral, and emotion focused approaches. Most importantly, I remain current with research in the field, and apply the findings from that research in my therapy sessions.
Therapy and the Military
One of the meaningful clinical experiences of my life occurred during the four years between receiving my master’s degree and my doctorate. While my husband served in the U.S. Army and deployed to OIF, I engaged in treatment and research at several Army posts.
While at Fort Benning and Fort Huachuca, I worked with the Chaplains to help with the mental health treatment of military personnel. During our time at Fort Campbell, I assisted researchers at Vanderbilt University. Our projects focused on the Army’s Post-Deployment Health Reassessment Program and the Nashville Veterans’ Administration PTSD treatment program.
My clinical work during our years at military posts had a crucial influence on my thinking and career in Clinical Psychology. These experiences gave me a sense and understanding of the profound impact therapy can have in helping people make sense of difficult and traumatic experiences—allowing them to find relief, healing, meaning, and hope.