My goal in working with you is to provide a safe, affirming and respectful space for you to explore your own identity and address personal and societal struggles with unconditional positive regard while building a strong therapeutic relationship.
My clinical and professional approach focuses on highly individualized, person-in-environment, interprofessional healthcare practices rooted in evidence-based interventions. I have a passion for clinical ecopsychology, play therapy, DBT, MI, art therapy, and nature-based therapeutic practices. I often integrate music, books, humor, media, writing and storytelling into sessions.
I have extensive training in parent, infant, early childhood, adolescent, young adult and LGBT mental health. I specialize in working with individuals who struggle with co-occuring mental health issues and substance use disorders and am certified in motivational interviewing (MI).
I have worked with a range of ages (3 and up) and clinical issues such as depression, ADHD, trauma, anxiety, disordered eating, borderline personality disorder, gender dysphoria, self harm, suicidality, addiction, schizophrenia, trichotillomania (and other body-focused repetitive behavior disorders) and autism spectrum disorder - all through individual, group, couples and family therapy sessions.
I have worked all over the country in a variety of settings including wilderness therapy programs, residential treatment centers, outpatient addiction facilities, residential homeless care centers for young adults, psychiatric rehab facilities, hospitals, university behavioral health centers, government social service agencies, libraries, interprofessional healthcare teams, and yoga retreat centers. I was also a research assistant scholar at the UMB School of Social Work for a project addressing opioid use disorders in the state of Maryland.
I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland. I worked for 10 years in the field of counseling and then earned my Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. I was selected as a Graduate Fellow for the Substance Use Disorder Intervention and Treatment Fellowship. I have also presented at conferences on mental health, trichotillomania, and addiction.