I received my B.A. with honors in psychology from Brown University in Providence, RI and my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. I completed my predoctoral internship at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago and my postdoctoral fellowship at the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle (EBTCS) in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), evidence based treatments for anxiety disorders, and parenting interventions (e.g., behavioral parent training). I then worked as a staff psychologist at EBTCS before opening my practice in 2013.
I am a licensed psychologist in the state of Washington (Credential Number PY 60075349). “Licensed” means that I have a doctoral degree from an accredited university and have passed national and Washington State examinations. As a licensed psychologist and member of the Washington State Psychological Association, I am accountable for my work with you.
Approach to Therapy
My overarching theoretical orientation is cognitive behavioral, which emphasizes the relationships among thoughts, feelings and behaviors, as well as changing maladaptive ways of thinking and acting in order to feel better. This often means spending time in therapy clarifying personal values and goals, as well as developing the necessary interpersonal, emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills for achieving them.
I focus on interventions that are evidence-based, meaning that there is research showing that they work for specific problems. This does not mean that therapy is “one size fits all.” I collaborate with my clients to develop treatment plans that integrate effective techniques for their presenting concerns with their unique goals, preferences and strengths. I strive to create a therapeutic environment that supports collaboration by being active in sessions, warm, genuine, curious, and, hopefully, a little bit humorous.
While no therapist can guarantee success, I find therapy really is most effective when therapist and client work together. To that end, I collaborate with my clients to make sure they feel understood, empowered and that they are getting what they hoped for from treatment.