Clinical Director - Timonium / Director of LGBTQ Affirming Care / Licensed Psychologist
My priority as a therapist is creating a space in which individuals feel safe enough to work on areas of their life that are causing them discomfort. As I realize that speaking about such vulnerable topics is challenging, I strive to create an atmosphere of open and collaborative communication, which includes being receptive to feedback regarding the therapy process. I utilize an integrative approach, but frequently encourage patients to explore their childhood and early relationships, in order to understand their current challenges. It is my goal to help my patients recognize their strengths, and support them as they examine their life patterns, and decide if and what changes they may want to make.
I treat patients ages 10 years old and up, and provide individual, family, and couples therapy, in addition to assisting with group therapy at Timonium. I have been working with children, families, and adults impacted by various types of traumatic life circumstances throughout my career. I also have experience in helping patients and their families understand and cope with mental health diagnoses, including chronic conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, or Bipolar Disorder.
Providing LGBTQ affirming care and culturally sensitive care is a passion of mine, as I recognize that factors such as (but not limited to): race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and religion, are important aspects of self. I know that in order for me to help my patients, I must have a solid understanding of who they are in all areas of intersectionality. This has included supporting trans identified or gender diverse individuals through different stages of their transition, or to have a space to talk about challenges that come from interactions with a binary world. I am also happy to assist patients in navigating through the process of gender affirmation surgery assessments, in particular in helping them obtaining insurance coverage if possible.
I am a graduate of Loyola University in Maryland (formerly Loyola College), obtaining my Master’s degree in 2006 and my Doctorate of Psychology in 2009. I became a licensed psychologist in 2011, after completing an advanced postdoctoral fellowship at the Jefferson School-Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, a residential treatment facility for adolescents who had psychiatric and behavioral disorders. Prior to becoming a full-time staff at GBCC, other places of employment or training have included: Kennedy Krieger Institute-Child and Family Therapy Clinic, Children’s National Medical Center-Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Chase Brexton Health System.
Specialties: Adjustment/Life Transition, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar, Depression, Gender Affirmation Pre-Surgical Evaluations, Learning Disorders, LGBTQ Affirming, Parenting Issues, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Sexuality, Trauma/PTSD, Women’s Issues