I am a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Dupont Circle. In addition to providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples, I co-lead an interpersonal therapy group focused on helping members build and strengthen their relationships with others. I am an adjunct clinical faculty member for the George Washington Universityís Doctor of Psychology Program and a volunteer for HealthRight International, a global human rights organization working on health care issues stemming from human rights violations.
Over the years, I have worked in a number of clinical settings including community mental health clinics, public schools, psychiatric hospitals, and university counseling centers. I completed an APA-accredited internship at the Johns Hopkins University and an APPIC-accredited postdoctoral fellowship at the George Washington University, where I also received my doctoral degree. Upon completion of my training, I served as the Director of Counseling Services at the Art Institute of Washington. These varied clinical experiences exposed me to a wide range of clients and presenting concerns. I have an extensive understanding and training in the treatment of mental disorders such as major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), substance abuse, and personality disorders. In addition to these areas I have advanced training and an interest in menís issues, LGBTQ concerns, and sexual assault and trauma.
As a therapist, I treat clients using a combination of psychodynamic and interpersonal theories. I believe that the ways people relate to themselves and others are largely impacted by early experiences and relationships. I have found in my experience that being able to create a safe and mutually respectful relationship with a therapist often gives clients the opportunity to develop insights about themselves and the way they interact with others in their environment. I often use interpersonal interventions in order to process these relational interactions. I am also guided by cultural factors and believe that it is essential to consider these issues when thinking about my clients. Although I emphasize the importance of self-awareness and reflection, I also feel comfortable incorporating other clinical interventions depending on the clientís presenting issues, level of readiness for therapy, and cultural background. In other words, I try to be flexible when working with clients and tailor my approach to their unique dynamics.
Marital and Couples Therapy
Professional Consultation & Supervision
Areas of Expertise
Grief and loss
Trauma and abuse
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) identity and relationship Issues