I am a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and have 10+ years of therapy experience. It is an honor to get to know each of my clients and help them in their own journey to becoming their best selves. As a counselor, I get to do what I love: to help people heal from difficult situations, develop authentic and meaningful relationships, and live a life that honors their strengths, passions, and identity. Counseling, to me, is collaborative - we will work together to create a warm environment and to set goals that are important to you. Based on feedback from my clients, my approach is non-judgmental, supportive, and active. Clients often tell me I am easy to talk to, and that I ask great questions. I believe in working towards a better understanding of ourselves and our relationships, but also meaningful change in our lives.
As an individual therapist, I specialize in working with anxiety, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Panic Disorder. Clients have described our work together to be helpful in managing long-standing struggles with anxiety, even if previous counseling has not been effective. Other specialty areas include depression, relationship difficulties, multicultural and identity issues, emotional and binge eating, and coping with transitions. I am also trained in specialized CBT for the treatment of insomnia. Finally, I hold a special place in my heart for working with mothers during the postpartum period as they adjust to their new identity and life. As a mother myself, I can relate to the highs and lows of new parenthood, and how important it is to have support during such a vulnerable time of our lives.
In my practice, I am passionate about working with couples who are struggling in their relationship. It may be that conflicts have increased to the point that we feel stuck, misunderstood, and resentful towards our partners. Or maybe we just want to feel closer to our partners, like when we were first dating or married. I have specialized training in couples therapy using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, a research-based approach that has been shown to reduce conflict and help couples better communicate and connect with one another.
- - Psychodynamic
- - Cognitive-behavioral
- - Relational/experiential
- - Attachment/Emotionally-focused therapy
- - Mindfulness
- - Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology (VCPCP)
- APA-Accredited program, jointly sponsored by: The College of William and Mary, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State Univerisity, and Old Dominion University
- - M.A. in Community/Clinical Psychology from Norfolk State University
- - B.A. in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, Summa Cum Laude
- - Core Skills Training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with the Washington Baltimore Center for EFT (2017-2018)
- - Training on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia provided by Michael Perlis, Ph.D., Don Possner, Ph.D., and Jason Ellis, Ph.D. (2017)
- - Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (2014)
- - Staff Psychologist at the George Washington University Counseling Center (2010-2012)
- - Pre-Doctoral Internship at the American University Counseling Center (2009-2010)
- - Additional trainings within University counseling centers, public school systems, VA hospitals, and in-patient hospitals (2004-2009)
- - Training in Perinatal and Maternal Mental Health at Mary's Center (2016)
- - American Psychological Association
- - Asian American Psychological Association
- - Washington School of Psychiatry