I am a licensed psychologist, with my doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut. I completed postdoctoral residency at Portland Mental Health and my predoctoral internship at the Greater Hartford Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium, where I worked in community and VA hospital settings and specialized in the treatment of trauma-related disorders. I have experience working with people across the lifespan to address various issues relating to depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, family conflict, and identity.
I view therapy as a reciprocal and collaborative process. I take an interpersonal-process approach to therapy, which means that I prioritize moment-to-moment awareness and view a trusting, collaborative, and attuned therapeutic relationship as the cornerstone of effective therapy. I apply evidence-based methods adapted to the individual and aim to foster a culturally responsive and compassionate environment. I continually strive to bring flexibility and curiosity to my work. In short, I believe we are all best equipped to take emotional risks when we feel safe and to change when we feel understood and accepted.
When working with you in individual therapy, I will first focus on getting to know you as a whole person and understanding what is most important to you. I will work with you to create an atmosphere of emotional safety and openness in which you can expand and develop more effective ways of relating to yourself and others. I often integrate approaches derived from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, depending upon your individual goals and needs.
I also have an interest in working with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an approach rooted in attachment theory that helps couples improve their emotional responsiveness to one-another.