Training and Background
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in individual and group therapy with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Using evidence-based science, I work with you collaboratively to set treatment goals and ensure progress toward your goals. My areas of interest and focus include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Anxiety Disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD); Major Depressive Disorder (MDD); parent training; working with challenging children; and school refusal.
I am a 2014 PsyD graduate of the American School of Professional Psychology, Northern Virginia campus. During my training, I completed a pre-doctoral internship at Pennsylvania Counseling Services, within the family-based program. My postdoctoral fellowship at the Tree House Child Assessment Center and the Child and Family Treatment and Trauma Services provided extensive and intensive training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) with families, and comprehensive evaluation.
Following my fellowship training, I worked for four years (starting as an individual therapist and becoming clinical director) in a full-time therapeutic special education school, providing individual and group therapy and crisis management for children with a range of disabilities and diagnoses, including ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety Disorders (including school refusal), Bipolar Disorder, MDD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and learning and intellectual disabilities.
I am an active member of the American Psychological Association and the Virginia Association of Clinical Psychologists.
Like all providers at NSI, my practice is science-based, focusing particularly on CBT, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Trauma-focused CBT, and PCIT. We’ll work together on treatment planning and developing specific measurable goals, which we’ll track throughout the treatment process. Evidence-based therapy requires effort, focus, and practice. I’ll work with you to develop and maintain healthful behaviors and mindsets.
Often, especially when working with children, parents and other family members are important participants in the treatment process. The team may also include other providers and, where applicable, school personnel (e.g., teachers and counselors).