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My style is warm, non-judgmental, and flexible. My approach is informed by my cultural background and the people I crossed paths with while living in three countries and across two continents. It is also informed by my research and my constant study of the latest developments and findings on diagnosing and treating behavioral, cognitive, and emotional distress. The goal of our work will be to create a path forward and help you grow, learn, change, find meaning. Our dialogue will help you identify the challenges you are facing, the resources you have, and the capabilities you need to develop. We will lay out a treatment plan and work at a pace that is comfortable for you.

My most recent work has been with the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Maryland at College Park where I completed an internship at the University of Virginia. My research focused on behavioral, cognitive, and emotional symptoms of anxiety, trauma, and co-occurring disorders. During my graduate training, I worked with clients diverse in age, gender, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, and socioeconomic status. I worked with students, military personnel, veterans, and individuals from the LGBTQIA community. My approach to therapy was enriched by a range of solution-focused behavioral and cognitive approaches. During my internship, I focused on developing an integrated style that centers on tailoring treatments to fit clients’ needs.

I am intimately familiar with the military life common to the D.C. area.  For the four years between my master’s degree and doctorate I dedicated my full attention to my family as my husband trained and deployed with the United States Army.  I will never forget the first pre-deployment company party. The soldiers were so young. Only a few months prior I had taught a university class full of young people learning and hoping for bright careers in psychology and medicine; the young people at this party, however, were preparing to go to war. Their greatest hope was to survive the following year. Being close to military posts allowed me to do clinical and research work focused on the mental health of the military personnel. I volunteered as a therapist with the Chaplains at Fort Benning and Fort Huachuca. During our time at Fort Campbell, I worked with researchers at Vanderbilt University on projects focusing on the Post Deployment Health Reassessment program with the Army and the PTSD treatment programs at the Nashville Veterans' Administration. My therapy work during the years on military posts shaped the direction of my career in clinical psychology. My experiences equipped me with a deeper understanding of the importance of therapy in helping you to find meaning and to find relief.

License Information

Licensed Clinical Psychologist,
Board of Psychology, Commonwealth of Virginia
License Number: 0810005458

Education

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Pre-Doctoral Internship, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
M.S. in Psychology, Brigham Young University, Provo