***NOW PROVIDING TELEHEALTH SERVICES***
I am pleased to share that I am now APIT certified, having been awarded the Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology from the PSYPACT Commission (www.psypact.org), which has been endorsed by the American Psychological Association, the American Board of Professional Psychology, and the American Telemedicine Association, among others.
My APIT allows me to now practice telepsychology with clients in the following states:
- District of Columbia – DC
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
The PSYPACT Commission has noted several benefits of the important legislation that enables APIT practice by psychologists:
- Increases client/patient access to care
- Facilitates continuity of care when client/patient relocates, travels, etc.
- Certifies that psychologists have met acceptable standards of practice
- Promotes cooperation between PSYPACT states in the areas of licensure and regulation
- Offers a higher degree of consumer protection across state lines
I offer a variety of clinical services, including:
- Individual therapy
- Couple counseling
- Group therapy
Because being a human is hard.
Life can demand us to be…
Tough – yet tender,
Generous – yet boundaried,
Strong – yet vulnerable,
Accepting – yet discerning,
Sacrificial – yet full, and
Accomplished – yet rested.
Sometimes expectations can be different for women…. women may be expected to never run empty, never walk away, and never veer from the delicate line between warrior and nurturer. You may walk the tightrope of vulnerability, battle internal shame and insecurities, and vacillate between days of confidence and inadequacy. You may push through our struggle to juggle, moving in and out of our roles as partner, friend, student, parent, daughter, employee, caretaker, educator, cheerleader, chef, housekeeper, coach, mentor, disciplinarian, chauffeur, etc, as needed. And often, at the end of a long day, you may fall into bed, exhausted by attempts to be everything to everyone else and not quite enough to ourselves.
It’s in these troubled waters of routine tasks, rough days, unexpected challenges, or mental health diagnoses that women may also struggle with anxiety, depression, adjustment concerns, and relationship difficulties, among other trials. Experiences such as trauma, loss, and betrayal can add even more emotional weight and challenge to the emotional balancing act.
When these experiences shake your foundation and functioning, and your ability to cope well is tested, therapy can provide an opportunity to explore, address, and work towards overcoming these issues. Many also find therapy useful for uncovering underlying issues or resolving unfinished business. The therapeutic process allows for learning of new ways of engaging, responding, relating, and coping. The goal of therapy is to help clients feel empowered to reconnect with their authentic self, inner voice, and sense of resiliency. Therapy requires courage and an investment of vulnerability and authenticity. I believe in our innate capability to move towards healing and wholeness, and I support my clients as they work to regain their sense of stability and strive towards change. My theoretical style is collaborative and integrative in nature, incorporating a blend of cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and emotion-focused interventions.
In order to assess whether I am the most appropriate provider to help you address your specific treatment needs, I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation. To schedule this consultation, contact me.
Areas of Specialization
I specialize in women’s wellness and maternal mental health, including such concerns as:
- Perinatal/ Maternal Mental Health Concerns
- Perinatal mood disorders, including depression, anxiety, and OCD
- Postpartum adjustment
- Postpartum anger
- Pregnancy concerns
- Loss/ Miscarriage
- Traumatic birth
- Post-abortion adjustment
- Infertility concerns
- Issues uniquely experienced by women of racial/ ethnic diversity
- Issues uniquely experienced by high-achieving women
- Infidelity survivorship
- Trauma/ Sexual assault survivorship
- Single parent adjustment
I offer the following evidence based treatment modalities, within a culturally responsive framework:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP)
- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI)
As I have also been trained as a generalist psychologist, additional concerns I treat include:
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Returning veteran reintegration
- Returning veteran spouse readjustment
- Career counseling/ occupational stress
- Spiritual concerns
Being coupled in contemporary times means learning how to work together in navigating life’s challenges. Stress in either partner can impact the relationship dynamic and intimacy. This works best when couples can engage in authentic and honest communication, healthy bids for and responses to connection, respectful acceptance of differences, healthy adjustment to transitions and change, and productive navigation of conflict.
Too often, couples wait until they experience a relationship crisis to seek counseling. A more healthy perspective on counseling is using it as a tool to start well or maintain the health of the relationship, even when no crisis is present and it seems as if all is going well. By the time a crisis surfaces and impacts the relationship, underlying issues and problems may have already been brewing under the surface for a period of time.
Couples seek therapy for any number of reasons, including pre-marital assessment, adjustment to new transitions/ changes, financial challenges, conflict resolution, communication issues, and intimacy concerns. Sometimes one partner isn’t quite ready or willing to engage in couple counseling even though the need may exist. In these cases, pressuring the unready/ unwilling partner and manipulating your partner into attending a session are generally not healthy strategies and can contribute to resentment, distrust, and distance in the relationship. While couple counseling can be incredibly valuable, gains are best made when both partners want to be there and are mutually invested in the therapeutic process.
My collaborative work with couples is rooted in the theories of Gottman and Emotion-Focused frameworks. I work collaboratively with couples to create opportunities for partners to engage in enhanced communication, increased insight, and deeper levels of emotional intimacy with each other.
The following groups are held as interest warrants:
- Pregnancy Loss Support Group
- Post-abortion Support Group
- Infertility Support Group
- Anger Management Group