“I am a cognitive behavioral psychologist; however, I also integrate family systems, attachment theories, and other evidence-based approaches into my treatment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In college, I volunteered at a residential treatment facility for severely emotionally disturbed children. Admittedly, I felt overwhelmed and helpless because I did not know how to intervene effectively during extended temper tantrums and self-destructive outbursts. I did not have an understanding of trauma theory nor was I trained in trauma treatment interventions. At the time, the best I was able to do was create a safe and validating environment and attempt to form caring relationships with the children. This experience motivated me to pursue my doctorate in clinical psychology. Since then, I have fostered my expertise through mental health models and effective interventions but I still find it useful to recall the lessons I learned during that challenging summer. I strive to remember that most of us are doing the best we can with the skills and resources we have been provided; this is just as true for me as it is for the clients I work with.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am a cognitive behavioral psychologist; however, I also integrate family systems, attachment theories, and other evidence-based approaches into my treatment. I strive to communicate with empathy and work collaboratively with my clients to develop relevant and meaningful goals. I have experience treating individuals (child, adolescent, and young adults) with interpersonal relationship challenges, adjustment disorders, trauma symptoms, mood dysregulation, family conflict, anxiety disorders, and depression. I also have specialized training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and use it when treating youth with complex trauma.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
During my doctoral dissertation, I found the ongoing supervision that utilized modeling, role-playing, and performance feedback significantly improved therapist competency in delivering evidence-based treatments. My research taught me that, in order to best learn and ultimately change our behavior, we must actively practice new skills. Therefore, my treatment model is very experiential. In our sessions, I will help teach you new skills through modeling, role-playing, and practicing the skills both in session and out of session.
“I strive to communicate with empathy and work collaboratively with my clients to develop relevant and meaningful goals.”