I attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate and then earned my Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University. This program emphasizes a high level of clinical contact beginning in the first semester of the doctoral program. My studies were sponsored by a merit-based Excellence Fellowship through the Institute of Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research where I participated in ongoing research. The goal of the fellowships is to train predoctoral students in the most advanced theoretical and methodological approaches to critical issues in the health care field. (http://www.ihhcpar.rutgers.edu/).I was awarded the New Jersey Psychological Association's "Doctoral Dissertation Award" in 2003.
In conjunction with my didactic instruction, I received extensive clinical training through externships at Manhattan Psychiatric Center, the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy, and the Psychological Clinic at the Rutgers Center for Applied Psychology. I completed my internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
I then completed Postdoctoral training at Georgetown University's Counseling and Psychiatric Service, which offered advanced psychodynamically-oriented training in the treatment of late adolescents and young adults. Subsequent to becoming licensed as a clinical psychologist in Virginia and DC, I held the position of the Trauma Specialist at Georgetown University. I continue to serve as an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor at Georgetown University, training advanced psychology externs. I am credentialed by the National Register of Health Service
Providers in Psychology. I have been working in private practice in Dupont Circle since 2004.
I am trained as a psychodynamic psychologist. As such, I believe that our early experiences shape our later expectations of ourselves and our relationships. Through psychotherapy, I assist patients in examining patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that may have begun early in life and continue to generate unhappiness, with the goal of helping to relieve the depression and anxiety. As patients gain self-awareness and come to recognize and handle their feelings more adeptly, they often develop a more cohesive identity. I have extensive experience integrating cognitive-behavioral techniques into the treatment as necessary to address more circumscribed problems (i.e. phobias, trichotillomania). While working to mitigate them, I am mindful of understanding what underlies the patient's vulnerability to developing these particular symptoms.
After conducting a thorough assessment, I provide recommendations and develop a treatment plan based on the specific needs of the patient. My approach is collaborative and supportive as I help people develop deeper insight into why they do the things they do and feel the way they feel. As a consequence, patients are able to exercise more conscious control over the choices they make, leading to a greater sense of agency and autonomy and more satisfying interpersonal relationships.
My clinical interests are varied. I work primarily with adults and older adolescents who suffer from depression, anxiety, relationship problems, eating disorders and grief reactions. I have extensive experience working with trauma survivors, including women who have been sexually assaulted. I work with a number of professionals who are grappling with relationship and career issues, in addition to other forms of psychological distress. Given my ongoing connection with Georgetown University, I often treat undergraduate and graduate students from local universities.
-Adult Individual Psychotherapy
-Adolescent Individual Psychotherapy
-Marital and Couples Therapy
-Adjunct Supervisor at Georgetown University
Areas of Expertise
Problems with Self-Esteem
Trauma and PTSD
Loss and Grief