I am a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Dupont Circle. I have extensive experience providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples. My approach to therapy focuses on increasing my clients’ self-understanding, while addressing those thoughts and behaviors that get in the way of their happiness. In addition to my work with clients, I am an adjunct clinical faculty member for the George Washington University’s Doctor of Psychology Program and a volunteer for HealthRight International, a global human rights organization working on health care issues stemming from human rights violations.
I am also an active member of several divisions of the American Psychological Association, as well as a member of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis (WCP). I am highly committed to my own professional development and am currently enrolled as an advanced candidate in the Contemporary Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Therapy Training Program at the WCP.
Over the years, I have worked in a number of clinical settings including community mental health clinics, public schools, psychiatric hospitals, and university counseling centers. I completed an APA-accredited internship at the Johns Hopkins University and an APPIC-accredited postdoctoral fellowship at the George Washington University, where I also received my doctoral degree. These varied clinical experiences exposed me to a wide range of clients and presenting concerns. I have an extensive understanding and training in the treatment of mental disorders such as major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD), substance abuse, and personality disorders. In addition to these areas I have advanced training and an interest in men’s issues, LGBT concerns, and sexual assault and trauma.
As a therapist, I treat clients using a combination of psychodynamic and interpersonal theories. I believe that the ways people relate to themselves and others are largely impacted by early experiences and relationships. I have found in my experience that being able to create a safe and mutually respectful relationship with a therapist often gives clients the opportunity to develop insights about themselves and the way they interact with others in their environment. I often use interpersonal interventions in order to process these relational interactions. I am also guided by cultural factors and believe that it is essential to consider these issues when thinking about my clients. Although I emphasize the importance of self-awareness and reflection, I also feel comfortable incorporating other clinical interventions depending on the client’s presenting issues, level of readiness for therapy, and cultural background. In other words, I try to be flexible when working with clients and tailor my approach to their unique dynamics.