The therapeutic relationship is one of the most important indicators of success with therapy. Being comfortable with me is a critical component of our work together.
My work as your therapist or coach is to provide an environment where you feel safe to explore obstacles that may be holding you back. Additionally, I work to make sure you feel understood and accepted, while also challenging you to work toward change.
Training and Experience
I am a licensed psychologist in the State of Maryland. I received my doctorate (Ph.D.) in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in children and adolescents (school psychology) from the University at Buffalo-SUNY.
I have extensive experience providing psychological support services to children, adolescents and adults. This experience includes nearly 15 years of working in a private practice setting focusing on delivering high quality treatment through individual and family therapy services. Within this setting, I have administered psycho-educational and neuropsychological tests and worked with local schools to support students with specialized learning needs.
Prior to maintaining a private practice, I worked in a variety of school settings working with children and adolescents including employment as a school psychologist, and I have maintained my National Certification in School Psychology. Additional experiences involve work in an inpatient psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents and a strength-based community family counseling program. During my graduate training, I worked for several years in a research based program for the prevention of disruptive behavior disorders in the schools, serving as a behavior consultant to teachers and parents for children diagnosed with ADHD and oppositional behavior disorders. Additionally, I have held several university positions as an adjunct faculty member, teaching courses related to psychological assessment, individual counseling theories, and advanced group counseling.
I have authored several professional journal articles, presented at various professional conferences, and provided professional workshops for parent and teacher groups.
My areas of specialty include psychological and educational assessment of specific learning disabilities, attention disorders (ADHD), and other cognitive impairments in children, adolescents and adults. In addition to testing, my practice has focused on treatment of anxiety disorders, depression and adjustment through a variety of difficult life transitions. I utilize cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and strength-based approaches when working with children, adolescents, and adults.