Settings and Clinical Focus
After graduating with my doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University in 2007, I spent the first ten years of my career working in three different university counseling centers. At the Washington University School of Medicine, I worked exclusively with medical students and graduate students in the sciences. At Case Western Reserve University Counseling Services, I was the Anxiety Specialist on staff and led a weekly Meditation Group. Most recently, at Cleveland State University’s Counseling Center, I worked as a generalist and became more involved in the supervision and training of psychology trainees. I opened my own Private Practice in 2017 with a passion to work with women who were struggling with infertility as well as mothers who are trying figure out how to balance their new role as a mother with other aspects of their identity. This passion was born out of my own personal struggles with infertility years ago. Now that I am lucky enough to be a mother and my family is complete, I have a deep desire to help those who are still in the middle of that process. I have completed specialized training in Postpartum Stress Disorders and Infertility to inform my professional work in this area.
Therapy works. So does meditation, exercise, social support, creative and artistic endeavors, spirituality, and, if needed, medication. While I have a strong faith in the effectiveness of therapy, my goal is not for you to remain in therapy forever. I tailor my approach to each client and together we’ll figure out a holistic plan to help you feel better. My theoretical orientation is Integrative, with a strong foundation in Feminist and Multicultural theory and also drawing heavily from Interpersonal Process Theory, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Theory. What does that all mean? I look at each person in the middle of their unique families, communities, and cultural identities. I believe that, as humans, we need strong relationships to thrive and that often, our ability to connect with others is influenced by our early attachments. I can be very practical and skills-based: for example, when working with anxiety disorders. At other times, I can help clients slow down and do deeper emotional work, such as grieving the loss of a loved one.
- -Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University
- -Ohio Licensed Psychologist
- -Certification in Postpartum Stress Disorders
- -American Psychological Association
- -Society of Counseling Psychology
- -Society for the Psychology of Women