It can be a difficult decision to start therapy or seek a different perspective from a new provider. Finding the right therapist to work with is critical to making the most of therapy. I hope that the information provided here will help you determine if I might be a good fit to help you make changes toward living a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
I provide individual and group therapy in Washington, DC, working with motivated individuals who have a wide variety of concerns across areas such as relationships, mood, career, and identity. Additionally, I specialize in working with individuals who have experienced traumatic life events. Regardless of what brings you in, I strive to provide a warm, nonjudgemental, and collaborative experience driven by whatever your goals might be.
I work primarily with adults 18 years and older on a wide variety of clinical issues. I offer individual and group therapy approaches and specialize in trauma-focused treatment.
I strive to create a warm, collaborative relationship in which we work together to address the concerns that have brought you to therapy. I have experience working with individuals across all phases of life, ranging from first year undergraduate students to retired Vietnam veterans. My clients come from diverse backgrounds and I have worked with individuals from different races and ethnicities, sexual orientations, religions, and countries of origin. While I work with a wide variety of presenting concerns, I specialize in working on:
identity development (including gender and sexual identity)
- trauma (please see the "Trauma-Focused Therapy" section below)
Therapy is a highly personalized experience that differs for each individual, but I draw on evidence-based approaches across clients. I have had comprehensive training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and humanistic, interpersonal, and psychodynamic theories. I integrate and utilize each of these theories as a foundation for my work. I believe that these approaches used within the context of a strong, positive relationship can facilitate long-lasting, meaningful change in your life.
For individuals who have experienced trauma, entering therapy can be particularly intimidating and overwhelming. It can feel impossible or dangerous to face the trauma and to share your story with another person. I hope to create a safe space where we can process your experiences in order to turn them into a part of your story, rather than an experience that defines you and negatively impacts so many aspects of your life.
In addition to the therapeutic approaches listed in the 'Individual Therapy' section above, I have training and experience using cognitive processing therapy (CPT) and prolonged exposure therapy (PE), trauma-specific approaches. I have worked with a wide variety of trauma survivors ranging from individuals who experienced childhood sexual abuse to extensive work with active duty and veteran populations. We will work together to identify how trauma is impacting you and will determine your targets for therapy, which may include anxiety, nightmares, difficulty in relationships, flashbacks, or feeling constantly "on guard" among other things. From there, we will create a personalized treatment plan to help you feel secure and in control of your treatment and your life.
Group therapy can provide a different perspective and a good place to learn new skills. Sometimes it can be easier to connect with others who are experiencing similar situations and struggles. Please contact me to discuss current group offerings, which may include:
Dialectical behavior therapy skills groups
WHAT TO EXPECT
Therapy can be a difficult and daunting undertaking. Exploring painful topics and working to make changes in your life can be exhausting. Though therapy is not always easy or fun, a strong relationship between therapist and client can make the process significantly better. My relationship and connection with each client is a top priority, and I emphasize creating a comfortable and safe environment. I attempt to approach therapy with nonjudgmental curiosity about your experiences. Additionally, I strive to be genuine and authentic in sessions, incorporating humor and warmth. I see therapy as a place to examine your life, to challenge problematic beliefs and habits, and to implement change in order to improve. My job is to facilitate these processes using my expertise, while providing a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental setting. We will work together to determine how we can achieve your goals.
The best way to determine what therapy will be like is to schedule an initial consultation. I offer a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation to help you decide if you would like to schedule an in-person meeting. During this consultation, I will ask you about what brings you to therapy and you can ask any questions you might have. While the phone consultation can provide information for both of us, it can sometimes take a few meetings to get to know one another. After several initial sessions, I will check in with you to discuss if you believe I am the right provider for you. If I am not, I will be more than happy to provide appropriate referrals to other trusted providers in the community. If you would like to continue to work together, I welcome ongoing feedback and open communication about ways to strengthen our relationship and improve the therapeutic process.
I am a native of Washington, DC, born and raised in the city limits. After high school, I attended Cornell University where I graduated with distinction from the Human Development program. Following my undergraduate education, I completed a two-year post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, studying treatments for mood and anxiety disorders.
I received my doctorate in Medical and Clinical Psychology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. While there, my research focused on emotion regulation in the contexts of suicide and addiction. My clinical training included four-years of intensive training and practice in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) at the Wake Kendall Group and trauma-focused work at the Washington DC VA Medical Center in the Trauma Services Program. I completed my doctoral internship at the Catholic University of America's Counseling Center.
In my free time, I love to travel, peruse home design websites, read, watch foreign TV and movies, and continue to explore DC and the surrounding areas.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MUCH DOES THERAPY COST?
The fee for a 50-minute session is $225. Payment is due at the time of service and may be paid by cash, check, or credit card. I typically meet with clients once a week.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
I am an "out-of-network" provider. Being out-of-network allows me to minimize the amount of confidential information I am required to disclose to your insurance company and helps me to protect your privacy. Most insurance companies will cover a large part of the cost of my services. I can provide you with monthly documentation of services provided for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement. I strongly recommend contacting your insurance company prior to beginning therapy to investigate their coverage of out-of-network services.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT YOU?
The best way to schedule an initial phone consultation is to use the form below or to email me at email@example.com. You may also call me at (202) 596-8838.
Please be aware that there may be risks to privacy and limits to the confidentiality of e-mail and other communications transmitted electronically. E-mail is not a confidential form of communication, nor is it an appropriate medium for urgent or emergency messages. In case of emergency, please call your local emergency response services.
My office space is located on Dupont Circle at 1350 Connecticut Ave NW. It is on top of the southern exit of the Dupont Circle Metro station (Red line). There are also several conveniently located parking garages in the area if you plan to drive.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or to set up an initial consultation. You can also reach me by phone at (202) 596-8838 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.