INDIVIDUAL. FAMILY. COUPLES. GROUPS.
Asking for help takes a lot of courage. My goal is to make therapy a place where you are able to harness that courage, strengthen it, and use it to reach your own goals. I believe that therapy should be a collaborate process, with you sharing your needs and allowing me to reflect back to you patterns of behavior that get in the way of you living the life that you want. I strive to create a warm, nurturing, and sometimes even fun environment where you begin to feel comfortable leaning in to and learning from emotional experiences.
My areas of expertise include eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, attachment disorders, and family discord. I have a special interest in working with families with a history of disordered eating. I use a combination of therapeutic approaches with an emphasis on emotion focused therapy, experiential therapies, and family systems theory.
GET TO KNOW ME
I am a native Washingtonian and psychotherapist in Bethesda, MD specializing in eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, and family conflict.
After receiving my master's in social work from the University of Pennsylvania I worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings primarily with people who struggle with eating disorders and mood disorders. I have a passion for working with young adults as they navigate the social and academic pressures of school and are learning how to live healthy and successful lives. Through this work I work closely with parents and caregivers so that they can help support their loved one in becoming his or her best self.
Each year I present at various local and national conferences as well as give presentations to other professionals on issues related to mental health. I also enjoy doing outreach with children and adolescents about body image and self-esteem. I sit on the executive committee and am a founding member of the Baltimore/Metro Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. I also sit on the executive board of EveryMind, an organization dedicated to strengthening communities and empowering individuals to reach optimal mental wellness.
I am a board approved supervisor in the state of Maryland and provide supervision to new clinicians around eating disorders, anxiety, and family therapy.
People often decide to decide to pursue individual therapy in order to work through something in their life that is bothering them or not allowing them to live their fullest. I work with individuals, helping them to change whatever is holding them back and to behave in a way that is in line with their values and their true emotions. In individual therapy, the change occurs through the relationship with the therapist, and as this relationship develops we are able to uncover new ways of thinking and being.
During the initial individual therapy session, I learn about why you are seeking therapy and work with you to develop a therapy plan that meets your needs.
Families exist in relationship to each other and when one family member is struggling all family members may be affected. Family therapy allows a space for family members to come together to identify troubling family dynamics and find more effective ways to engage with each other. Family therapy can involve whoever is considered family and with as many or as few family members as necessary.
I am a board approved social work supervisor in the state of Maryland. I have provided supervision for graduate level students and early-career therapists working towards clinical licensure. Please contact me if you are looking for a supervisor.
When an adolescent is in therapy or there is a change to the family unit it can be helpful for parents to get some guidance on how to best support their child. Coaching involves working with the therapist to identify ways to help your child as well as how to best communicate with your spouse around rules for your family.
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