My therapy style
I am a warm, engaged, and genuine therapist. My clients often tell me that they appreciate my investment in understanding their unique experiences and pain, as well as my perspective in helping them find solutions. In the therapy space, I am fully present and attentive, allowing myself to climb into the window of your life to see your vantage point. I believe it is crucial to have a strong therapeutic relationship in which you can feel safe to speak freely about your concerns. You and I will work together to facilitate understanding about the problems you are facing. I help guide exploration of how your past is influencing your present, and what may be outside of your awareness that is steering your life's course. I also aim to faciltate an understanding of how your social identities and their intersections influence your struggles as well as your strengths. By understanding these things, you will obtain more clarity to make better choices for yourself and your life. I primarily work from a psychodynamic lens, and I also incorporate other approaches when appropriate to meet your unique needs.
Education & training
I earned my doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. I also hold a master's degree in Counseling and bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland. In addition to my doctoral internship and residency, I have trained at multiple clinical sites including Catholic University's Counseling Center, the Maryland Psychotherapy Clinic and Research Lab, and Sheppard Pratt's Center for Eating Disorders.
I am a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland (License 06509) and a licensed psychology associate in Washington, DC under the supervision of Dr. Johanna Arenaza (License PSY1000592).
In addition to my work as a therapist, I am involved in research on psychotherapy process and outcome, therapist training and supervision, and meaning in life. Although my heart is in providing therapy, I am also passionate about research that investigates what makes therapy successful and how therapists can be more effective for their clients. I have published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented my research at international conferences. In addition to seeing clients in private practice, I am currently conducting research at the University of Maryland on how therapist supervision can benefit client therapy outcomes. As a professional, I am driven to discover more about the psychotherapy experience through research, and I utilize those discoveries to deliver more meaningful results in therapy.