About Me

 

I am a licensed independent psychotherapist providing individual, couples, group, and family therapy, maintaining a private practice in Washington, DC.

With over 10 years of experience as a therapist, I work with individuals, couples, and groups motivated for personal growth and change in their lives precipitated by a diverse range of concerns. These include depression, anxiety, stage of life, and interpersonal relationship concerns. I have a special interest in working with people struggling with fertility, prenatal anxiety, and adjustment to parenthood. As a mother myself, I've experienced first-hand some of the unique ways in which having a baby awakens deep anxiety, particularly as sleep is elusive and the dinner dishes pile ever higher. 

Recently, I've expanded my repertoire of treatment tools to include the practice of mindfulness meditation. Research on mindfulness meditation has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a wide range of emotional and mental distress. I have completed training with Dr. Ron Siegel in using mindfulness - awareness of present experience with acceptance - as a tool within psychotherapy and where clients may be interested in delving further into this area, I am happy to assist.

I've also just completed an externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson. EFT is based on attachment theory and its efficacy is supported by rigorous research. EFT emphasizes that it is not each partner in the relationship that is at fault but the pattern of interaction. The EFT therapist seeks to identify negative cycles and introduce new ways of relating that feel organic and replicable outside the therapist's office. Ultimately, the goal of therapy is to repair and strengthen a secure and lasting bond between partners.

I am also a Yoga Alliance registered Yoga Instructor. My yoga teacher training has given me a unique insight into the link between the mind, body, and spirit. When appropriate and with interested clients, I use my yoga training to teach my clients simple methods of relaxation and physical grounding when anxiety and stress become too heavy to handle. 

I consider myself to be a strengths-based practitioner. I truly believe in the power inherent within you to gain insight into your problems and take the steps required to make lasting change. Sometimes, however, you many need some support and assistance to recognize your personal strengths and encouragement to trust in yourself. In therapy, I provide support, insight and practical feedback to help you effectively address your personal life challenges. With respect and empathy, I tailor my therapeutic approach to your needs and goals while seeking trust, cooperation, and partnership in order to achieve a productive professional relationship. 


Education

Master of Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

 

License, Certifications, and Memberships
District of Columbia Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Yoga Alliance registered 200 hr RYT Yoga Instructor
Member: National Association of Social Work


Experience
Couples
Grief and Bereavement
Domestic Violence
Racial and Cultural Competency
Physical Health Concerns
HIV/AIDS
Children and Teens
Depression

Life Transitions - college and young adulthood
Fertility

Anxiety and Social Anxiety
Parenting
Self-care/Burnout

Anger Management
Relationship Issues
Family Relationship Issues
Clinical Supervision for Clinicians
and more