I am a clinical psychologist with a background in evidence-based treatment for trauma-related problems, anxiety, and depression. I work with adults, and provide individual and group therapy.
I think my “style” is best described as warm, collaborative, and genuine. While I bring expertise in mental health and wellness to our therapeutic relationship, I am very aware that my clients are the experts on themselves: their values, where they find meaning, their culture. I consider it a privilege to work together with my clients to foster their growth, while providing guidance on removing the roadblocks to recovery.
I earned my PhD in clinical psychology from Kent State University in 2010. I completed an APA-approved predoctoral internship with the Baltimore VA Medical Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship in therapy research with the VA Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center in Baltimore. For much of my early career, I led grant-funded research with the VA on therapeutic approaches to help people cope with and resist the impact of mental health stigma, as well as research on trauma-focused therapies. My clinical experiences, combined with my background in research, have shaped me into a therapist with a strong dual emphasis on honoring the uniqueness of each individual and using therapeutic approaches with proven effectiveness. It is always my wish to meet each person where they are at, and to work collaboratively with that person to help them create a life that is meaningful to them.