I provide psychological therapy, assessment, and consultation in Blacksburg, Virginia. I employ a multicultural, relational lens to connect with clients and respect them as fellow humans.
I flexibly use the approach that best fits my clients, providing a tailored experience designed to meet the needs of each individual. I frequently draw on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, pronounced “act”) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help clients develop new ways to think about challenges and to co-create solutions. I use psychodynamic theory and Coherence Therapy to help me understand who my clients are and the life factors that have shaped each client into the person they are today.
As a former Senior Staff Psychologist at Virginia Tech’s Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center, I have helped college students overcome a wide range of concerns, from anxiety, depression, and ADHD, to trauma, eating disorders, and psychosis.
I have also provided in-home therapy to children and families at Intercept Youth Services in Lexington VA; and therapy and assessment at the Women’s Center in Vienna, VA, Marymount University’s counseling center in Arlington, VA, and George Mason University’s Center for Psychological Services in Fairfax VA.
Before training as a clinical psychologist, I served intimate partner violence survivors as Shelter Manager at Loudoun Abused Women’s Center in Leesburg VA.
• Certified to treat Perinatal Mental Health by Postpartum Support International (#PSI4688) .
• Trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, QPR suicide prevention, and other forms of clinical intervention.
• Member of the American Psychological Association, the Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists, and the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
• Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2014 from George Mason University in Fairfax VA.
• Primary license: Virginia (license # 0810005062; expires 06/30/2022).
• Authorized to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology in all PsyPact states (Mobility #5956).
• Member of the Virginia Board of Psychology (2nd Term ends 6/30/2025).
• Credentialed as a National Register Health Services Psychologist (#56103).
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are often known as “postpartum depression,” though they take many forms in addition to depression. One in five women experience significant mental health difficulties during pregnancy or in the first year after the birth or adoption of their child. Their partners experience these struggles as well. I am certified by PSI to treat perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
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