“I have treated veterans with spinal cord injuries, recently discharged military, retired military, and special forces groups from different military branches.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I explored different career options before becoming a psychologist. I chose psychology as a profession to serve others in need of healing and to learn more about myself. I believe in giving the best version of myself to my clients, colleagues, co-workers, family, friends, and those I haven’t met yet. I have trained and worked in various settings, including inpatient and outpatient for the Department of Veterans Affairs. I currently treat civilians and non-civilians, ages 18-99, with a variety of mental health conditions. I have treated veterans with spinal cord injuries, recently discharged military, retired military, and special forces groups from different military branches. I also treat active-duty military and conduct disability evaluations. I have specialized training in geropsychology to address many biopsychosocial problems encountered by older adults, ages 65+, and their families. I have specialized training in psychological and neuropsychological assessments as well.
What should someone know about working with you?
My therapeutic approach has a strong humanistic and client-centered orientation in which I incorporate evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and motivational interviewing (MI). These evidence-based practices may be integrated with positive psychology interventions or clinical hypnosis. In our collaboration, I will provide you with psychoeducation on evidence-based practices and whatever form of treatment is recommended for your presenting problem. I have a customized approach to treatment and integrate the best available research that is shown to be effective and preferred for the treatment of psychological conditions. During the initial evaluation, I will gather background history and conduct a brief symptom assessment.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I attend yearly conferences hosted by the American Psychological Association and I stay up-to-date on the research. I also collaborate with colleagues on relevant issues in my profession and consult with ethical committees as needed.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I welcome individuals from all walks of life and I celebrate diversity. I have treated individuals with simple and complex psychological conditions that often are combined with medical conditions, further impacting an individual’s mental health. I take into account a client's culture, core values, and belief systems to help guide their treatment.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
My research has included a focus on Alzheimer's disease and ways to prevent the condition from progressing by making lifestyle changes.
How do you find the right provider for you?
Selecting a mental health provider can be a challenging and anxiety-provoking experience. After all, you are wanting to find a professional you can trust in expressing your thoughts and emotions without judgment. The therapeutic relationship is one of the most important relationships you will come to have and trusting your provider is the first building block of a successful working relationship. I may or may not be a good fit for you and that is okay! This is for you to decide when we meet. I am open to exploring our goodness of fit if you are open to the opportunity.
“I have specialized training in geropsychology to address many biopsychosocial problems encountered by older adults, ages 65+, and their families.”