My Approach to Therapy
I have training in various models of psychotherapy and treatment approaches which allows me to tailor therapy to best meet your goals. Your needs are unique and I am committed to working collaboratively to develop an integrative and personalized treatment that will work best for you.
My doctoral training emphasized psychodynamic and relational models of therapy, which seek to understand and modify patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors through a deep understanding of one's emotional, familial, and relational history. I also have specialized training in Mindfulness-Based therapies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which target unhelpful patterns in thinking through cognitive and behavior interventions.
I believe it is imperative to be attuned to the role of culture, race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation in understanding who you are. As such, you will find that my practice is informed by an understanding of intersectionality and that this perspective is integrated into every aspect of our work together.
Reaching out to a therapist can feel like a daunting process and I am happy to support you through it. During an initial phone call, we can speak about your needs and concerns, and I'll answer any questions you may have.
I completed my undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis where I studied psychology and women and gender studies, and did research on the impact of post 9/11 stereotyping. I attended the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University where I received my masters and doctoral degrees. My dissertation focused on the impact of racism and colorism on the body image concerns of women of color through the lens of Objectification Theory.
During graduate school, I received clinical training at several major hospitals and outpatient clinics in the New York area including Mt. Sinai, Bronx Psychiatric Center, and Woodhull Hospital where I was afforded the opportunity to work with a diverse patient population of children and adults in both in-patient and out-patient settings. I also completed two years of training in college mental health at New York University’s Counseling and Wellness Services, and stayed on to work as a staff psychologist specializing in substance abuse, trauma, and gender/sexuality.
Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology
Washington University in St. Louis
B.A., Psychology 2006
New York # 019697
Washington, D.C. #PSY1001175
Additional Training and Memberships
Postpartum Stress Center certificate training in the treatment of perinatal mood disorders
Postpartum Support International's certificate Training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
DMV Resource Guide which provides a comprehensive vetted list of practitioners with significant expertise treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in the DC area
Listed on Postpartum Progress resource guide
Member and Membership Chair of the DMV Women's Mental Health Consortium
American Society for Reproductive Medicine's Mental Health Professional Certificate Training Part 1: Basic Infertility and Part 2: Treatment Interventions