I am an LCSW-C, MD #14018 with a Masters in
Clinical Social Work from The Catholic University of
America. My practice focuses on all teens, adults,
parents and couples (LGTBQ or other), struggling with cancer, illness,
grief, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, stress, motivation, depression,
relationships, academics, career,, as well as ADHD. In addition
to my consideration of the person, I also consider
the person's environmental stressors, and how these
may be contributing to his, her, their issues.
Bean and Chunk
How I Came to This Field
Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a journalist for 17 years. I focused on medical, health, trauma, and issues affecting women and children. In 2005, I traveled to Thailand twice with a team of doctors, nurses and television news affiliates to cover the tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia. It was during those mission trips I realized I wanted to work directly with people suffering and in need on an psychological level. This decision lead to my career shift to become a trauma therapist and informs my therapeutic approach today in my therapeutic practice.
My Therapeutic Approach
I am warm, direct, and compassionate listener. I am also interactive, providing insight and feedback. In additionto traditional talk therapy techniques, I also incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, as well as several trauma-informed individual and couples therapy approaches noted here:
I am a Trained EFT Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist
EFT is a systematic map of steps and stages that understands these cycles as the underpinnings of relationship distress. EFT works well with all types of couples issues, including trauma, loss, adultery and lost emotional connections. Couples are helped to create nurturance, love and connection in their relationships, learning to identify their cycle, the emotions underlying the reactions and their parts in the dance as they come up in the session and at home. Couples learn to regulate their emotions and send clear, coherent emotional signals of their partner for healthier and happier relationship.
I am a Trained EMDR Trauma Therapist
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with bilateral rhythmic, left right stimulation. EMDR therapy directly affects the brain, “unfreezing” the traumatic memories, allowing the client to resolve them. Over time the disturbing memory and associated beliefs, feelings, sensations become “digested” until the client is able to think about the event without reliving it. The memory is still there, but it is less upsetting.
I am a Trained EFT Tapping Therapist
EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a type of mind/body technique and a universal healing tool that can provide impressive results for physical, emotional, and performance issues.
I have a Dog Friendly Practice!
In my spare time, I’m often playing, walking or hiking with my Mini Australian Shephard, Chunk, and my Mini Australian Shephard puppy, Bean. Both pups frequently visit my beautiful and cozy downtown Bethesda, MD office. The vast majority of my clients find my pups comforting and soothing. And good news! If we have discussed it in advance, and you find it helps you to have him or her join you for your session - your OWN Fido or Bella are warmly welcome too!
In addition to my private Bethesda-based psychotherapy practice, I also volunteer with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Salvation Army International Disaster Relief Team, and the Montgomery County, MD Salvation Army Board. I am also a news contributor on breaking mental health issues and trends in the news. Click on IN THE NEWS to view these interviews.
For more information about me, my practice, or to make an appointment, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 301.370.9794.