Therapeutic Style: My role as a therapist is to help people find and grow their strengths so they can live a deeply fulfilling, authentic life. I work from a humanistic perspective, meaning that I believe all people have the ability to adapt and thrive and become their healthiest and best selves. I also work from a Gestalt perspective, which is the art of helping people recognize the places where they feel stuck. My goal as a therapist is to help people find ways to get unstuck, get their needs met and progress toward being their most true selves. I also use evidence-based therapies to support my clients, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and the most up-to-date tools and techniques for making healthy changes, for example with stress management or getting better sleep. I also provide trauma-informed care, which means that I support people in healing from any past or recent traumas that might still be impacting their life. The work I do is always tailored to the specific needs, hopes, cultures and identities of the person sitting across from me.
Professional Interests: I have been working in the field of mental health since 2001. I have worked in research and in inpatient, partial, intensive outpatient, residential and outpatient settings, including two university counseling centers. I also have experience as a health coach and as a grief and crisis hotline counselor. Across that time, I have become interested in trauma psychology and treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Related to trauma, I work mostly with survivors of sexual violence; I am working toward certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and I am also interested in crisis and grief work. I also care a lot about providing multicultural counseling that respects and honors all cultures, identities and backgrounds. Social justice learning and advocacy will always be a part of my life. Finally, I have done a lot of work in the area of health psychology, designing CBT and health education programs that can reach as many people as possible. Creating effective digital programs to help people access and learn about treatment is close to my heart.
Group and Liaison Roles: I really enjoy facilitating groups and doing outreach. I have run educational groups for survivors of sexual violence, and for all sorts of healthy change topics including weight management, tobacco cessation, stress management and sleep. I have also run process and art therapy groups for survivors of childhood sexual assault, for people in intensive outpatient treatment, and for people experiencing grief and chronic pain. Groups are a great way for people to experience healing relationships with each other. I also have experience writing and presenting about health topics to a wide variety of audiences, from employees at companies to care workers in Uganda. My favorite topics to talk about are stress, trauma, PTSD and making healthy changes.
Educational Background: I started my undergraduate career majoring in microbiology and chemistry. Then I switched it up and earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology and a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and in French at the University of Pittsburgh. I have a master of science degree in professional counseling from Carlow University, where I am now also completing a doctorate of psychology in counseling psychology. I have three years of Gestalt therapy training from the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh, and I have been trained in sexual assault counseling and EMDR.