Finding the right therapist can be exhausting and confusing, so I want to thank you for your time and effort in learning about what I hope to offer you.
I have seen and treated a wide variety of adolescents and adults - with difficulties as wide-ranging as suicidality and self-harm to feeling aimless and drifting in life. I find meaning in helping my clients build a life worth living, based on what they value, and to bringing them a sense of fulfillment. I love creating a safe space for couples and families to better understand what is happening in their relationships and find a way back to one another, closer and stronger than before. I believe my clients have what it takes to create the life they want and often just need a temporary guide to help strengthen their skills and clarify their internal compass to find their way forward.
What I have learned from my clients is that it requires strength and grit to reach their goals and I want you to know that I will be there with you every step of the way. I will hold the hope for you and give it back to you when you’re ready. Facing your fears isn’t easy, and you don’t have to do it alone. I would like to explain how my training can help you.
Special Areas of Expertise:
Anxiety Disorders: I had the privilege to be mentored by one of the nation’s leading expert in OCD and Anxiety. I have been taught a specialized treatment called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy, which is an evidenced-based treatment that repeatedly generates amazing results in research and in the field. ERP can be used to treat excessive worry, fear that others are judging you, specific phobias like fear of vomiting, and other anxiety-based issues. I also use a modified version of ERP called Interoceptives to successfully treat Panic Disorder.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): While under the mentorship of Dr. Storch at Rogers Behavioral Health, I had the privilege to not just treat individuals with OCD, but to also be surrounded by talented staff and mentors along the way. With OCD, unwanted, intrusive thoughts stick around, and the only way to “get rid of them,” it seems, is usually to do something that brings about relief. ERP treatment is more powerful than the fear of those intrusive thoughts, and I will guide you through it. When I work with individuals with OCD, I also make time to educate their family and support system. I also treat OCD-related disorders like skin picking (excoriation disorder) and hair pulling (trichotillomania).
Mood Disorders: As the former lead therapist of the Mood Disorder Partial Hospitalization Program at Rogers Behavioral Health, I have extensive training in the evidenced-based practices of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and have run groups in both.
Please don’t hesitate to call to ask any questions you may have. Selecting the therapist that is right for you takes time and some curiosity. Just know that anxiety, OCD, depression, or mood swings do not have to rule your life. You can take back control and it would be my honor to help you.
I have received my Marriage & Family Therapy Certificate and am currently a Mental Health Counselor and Marriage & Family Therapy Intern under the supervision of Dr. Jeanne Peterson. I will receive my Master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida in December 2019. I also have a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Science from the University of South Florida. I was a researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying postpartum depression and how the brain works through networks. I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Elon University where I concentrated my focus in biology and biochemistry.
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