Seeking therapy to help you make changes in your life is a courageous decision, and I feel grateful to be among the professionals you are considering to be your therapist. My style is interactive, warm, and collaborative. I strive to develop relationships with my clients that are supportive and encouraging, yet honest and genuine enough to challenge you to work through your stuck-points and “blind-spots” in different and more effective ways. I utilize an integrative approach to match evidenced-based interventions with techniques and coping strategies that will help you to move forward successfully.
I have worked in the mental health field since 1995 in a wide range of settings, including group homes, crisis intervention services, intensive outpatient substance abuse programs, mental health treatment centers, and college counseling centers.
I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland (formerly Loyola College) in 2005, after completing my internship at Tuttleman Counseling Services at Temple University. Upon completing my doctoral studies, I worked at Chase Brexton Health services in Baltimore for almost 10 years. In 2014, I started a solo private practice, while also working at the Towson University Counseling Center (until 2017). In August 2018, I joined the excellent team at Greater Baltimore Counseling Center.
I am a generalist by training, and have experience treating depression and mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, grief, and relationship issues. Further, I have a wealth of experience treating substance abuse issues, including those who are looking for support in any stage of recovery. I provide individual psychotherapy with adults 18+ and consult with families as needed. I also enjoy working with college students.
I am a passionate ally to the LGBTQ+ community and have expertise providing affirmative care to LGBTQ+ individuals and family members. I regularly work with clients who fall within the spectrum of gender identities, including those who are transgender and non-binary. In addition to providing affirming psychotherapy, I am skilled in conducting pre-surgical assessments and writing letters of support for necessary medical procedures (informed by the WPATH Standards of Care) for those who wish to transition.
I welcome those in polyamorous and consensually non-monogamous relationships, and I am a sex-positive therapist. I deeply value diversity and intersectionality, and I am both personally and professionally committed to actively engaging in the on-going work that is necessary to continue to be multi-culturally competent and affirming to all.
I welcome the opportunity to work with you.
Specialties: Adjustment/Life Transition, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Gender Affirmation Pre-Surgical Evaluations, Grief/Loss, Health Issues, LGBTQ Affirming, Parenting Issues, Personality Disorder, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Separation/Divorce, Sexuality, Substance Abuse, Trauma/PTSD