“Most sessions are informal discussions about the difficulties the client is facing, what could be causing the difficulties, and what solutions might be available.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Prior to becoming a clinical psychologist, I worked as a behavior analyst, utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis to help individuals with autism and brain injuries live more fulfilling lives. I then broadened my understanding of brain-behavior relationships by studying neuropsychology. While I loved neuropsychological assessment, I was most passionate about the therapeutic relationships I developed with my clients. Deciding to focus on individual therapy, I incorporated my prior knowledge with psychodynamic theory. I became fully trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to treat trauma (including post-traumatic stress disorder). I bring a warm, humanistic, and solution-focused approach to each session, building the relationship where the desired healing takes place.
What should someone know about working with you?
I tailor my treatment approach to the individual. Most sessions are informal discussions about the difficulties the client is facing, what could be causing the difficulties, and what solutions might be available. Sometimes, homework is assigned if it is mutually beneficial. EMDR sessions are conducted in a more standardized fashion.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am always learning and growing my clinical skills. I have spent many hours studying Buddhist psychology to improve my understanding of and ability to teach mindfulness. I have become a certified reiki master to broaden my understanding of spiritual psychology. I complete continuing education in behavioral psychology to maintain my board certification. I have enjoyed supervising students in clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and behavior analysis for many years. As a student of life, I learn from almost everyone I meet and work with.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have been allied with the advancement of human rights for many years. I remain open to hearing different viewpoints and amplifying those voices whenever possible. I believe in the power of the truth.
“EMDR sessions are conducted in a more standardized fashion.”