Training and Background
I am a licensed clinical psychologist, and I specialize in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), social anxiety, phobias, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), stress, depression, body dysmorphia, and eating disorders. I also specialize in providing Habit Reversal Training (HRT) for body-focused repetitive behaviors (e.g., excoriation, trichotillomania) and Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) for tic disorders (e.g., Tourette Syndrome, other tic disorders).
I received my PhD in School Psychology from the University of South Florida in 2014, where I completed a pre-doctoral internship in which I provided academic, behavioral, and mental health interventions both in a clinical setting and in elementary, middle, and high schools. During this time, I also became a certified provider of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), a behavioral parent training program with a strong evidence-base for young children with externalizing behaviors (e.g., Oppositional Defiant Disorder [ODD], ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders [ASD]), as well as a certified instructor of behavioral parent training courses. After completing my PhD, I completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Rothman Center for Neuropsychiatry at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, in which I acquired specialized training in the treatment of OCD and other anxiety disorders in youth and adults using CBT with exposure and response prevention (ERP) in an outpatient setting.
My primary goal is to provide treatment that has both empirical and clinical support for its effectiveness, but I also work with you to tailor a treatment plan to your specific goals. We will begin by establishing rapport, identifying your goals for treatment, identifying and challenging cognitions that stand in the way of success, and collaborating to agree upon a plan to change behaviors toward achieving goals. As symptoms often affect the whole family, I frequently work with family members (e.g., parents, spouses, siblings) as appropriate and as permitted by you to help them learn strategies for supporting you in achieving your goals. I provide treatment in the office as well as in other environments (e.g., home, off-site) when in-vivo practice of skills is critical for change and success.