I provide individual counseling for a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, adjustment issues, grief, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic attacks, and relational issues. I also provide child, marital, and family counseling.
I have experience with many types of therapy that research has found to be effective (e.g. cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, emotion-focused couples therapy, and motivational interviewing). Having a flexible approach and many tools to choose from helps me find what will be right for you. In general, I will work with you as a collaborative team to understand you as a person and the difficulties you've been facing, which tools/techniques work best for you, and how to apply these in an effective manner. Some potential things you may focus on in therapy include: understanding and shifting thoughts and beliefs, building coping and other important skills, increasing motivation towards healthier behaviors, facing your fears, processing and understanding your emotions. With younger children, I tend to work with the child and their parents to help build skills, shift thinking, decrease acting-out behaviors, improve communication, increase positive interactions in the family, learn ways to decrease anxiety or depressed mood, along with other specific goals.
With couple's, I provide a safe, comfortable environment to process difficult emotions that come up in long-term relationships and help couples to gain understanding and empathy for their partner's values and positions in a conflict. Overall, I attempt to provide individualized care in a warm, safe, and supportive environment.
I completed my internship training in clinical psychology at the University of Michigan (2011). I obtained my doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD) from the Virginia Consortium Program (2011), which is composed of 4 universities; College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, and Eastern Virginia Medical School. I have a Masters of Arts in Community/Clinical Psychology from Norfolk State University (2009). I completed a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2004) at the University of Otago, located in New Zealand. I have provided counseling and assessment in various settings, including a public school system, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, a Veterans affairs hospital, a university counseling center, an outpatient adult clinic, a center for children and their families, a behavioral medicine clinic, a rehabilitation hospital, and a neuropsychological clinic.