More About Me

I've always been a compassionate and curious person. Growing up as an empath, I was the kid my friends turned to with their problems. I studied Biology and Psychology in college, because I am constantly fascinated by the connections between mind and body. Spirituality is another important aspect of identity that is important to explore if that is important to you. This connection between mind, body, and spirit, I believe is the path to healing, and becoming happy, centered, and authentic. As a therapist, I want to know what it’s like to be you. What causes you to feel depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or stuck? What areas of your physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and/or social well-being can we work on improving? I absolutely believe we can find the best plan to match your unique needs. It's important you find a therapist who "gets you." If something I've said resonated with you, contact me, and let’s start your journey to a more fulfilling life!

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My therapeutic approach

Holistic, eclectic, and results-based

My lens is holistic in order to consider the mind, body, and spirit of each unique individual. The techniques I use are ecelctic to find the right fit for you. And I am results-based because I want you to have a positive outcome!

Humanistic-existential

The foundation for a successful outcome is a helping relationship based on unconditional positive regard. This modality focuses on the choices we make, and basic questions of the human experience such as: who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose in life?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

CBT is the technique most researchers would associate with therapeutic success. Our thoughts are linked to our emotions which are linked to our behaviors. Getting at the root of the maladaptive thought, and changing it, will lead to improved mood and behaviors. This technique can be incredibly powerful. I've seen it create instant change!

Solution-focused therapy

What has worked for you in the past when faced with a similar issue? What can you do differently to make this situation better? How would your life change if this problem were completely resolved? If it's not working, what is one thing you can do differently?

Mindfulness-based

By focusing on your breath you can learn how to calm and focus your mind. This relieves stress and anxiety, and cultivates inner peace and harmony. Creating space between a trigger and your reaction gives you the strength and sovereignty to make better choices. Becoming aligned with your body will deepen the feeling of your true self.

Energy psychology

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), also called tapping, allows you to tap on acupuncture points developed thousands of years ago to relieve stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. See the Resources section for a brief video demonstration. Another technique is energy body clearing, based on the chakra system, that can help you dismantle old beliefs, patterns, and childhood or younger selves.

Mental Health Integrative Medicine

How does food affect mood? Are you getting enough exercise and sleep? Is stress taking a toll on your body? Our physical body can have profound effects on our mind and mental well-being. We can explore ways to improve diet, sleep, and physical activity so you can feel more at home in your body. 

Feedback-informed treatment (FIT)

Psychologists have discovered that most successful people use deliberate practice--purposeful, goal-oriented, and focused action. Why not bring this level of attention to your own life? Why not use these principles in our work together? By asking for feedback, and providing updates on your progress, we can fine-tune your treatment to make it work best for you!

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Education and Experience

  • B.S. Biology George Mason University

  • Internship at NIH to study the brain mechanisms that cause Alzheimer's disease 

  • M.A. Ed. Counseling Wake Forest University

  • Wake Forest University-independent study about alternative counseling approaches

  • Internship at a middle school that provided therapy for students

  • Psychiatric Technician at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute for adults with schizophrenia and/or bipolar disorder

  • Middle school counselor--Fairfax County Public Schools and Montgomery County Public Schools for 16 years 

  • High school counselor for 5 years in Montgomery County Public Schools

  • In the schools, I founded and led 2 groups whose mission is to engage Black and Latino youth in school and their community, and excel socially, emotionally, and academically

  • In 2017 I earned a Masters degree at Johns Hopkins University in Creative Writing. I've written several novels (unpublished) and many short stories

  • Other interests: being with family and friends, hiking, reading, writing, fitness, movies, traveling, and exploring new ideas 

  • For my own well-being I practice yoga, qigong, shamanic healing techniques, and lots and lots of laughter.