I work with individuals with a wide array of concerns. My particular areas of interest and expertise include
sexual orientation and LGBTQIA+ issues
gender-related issues, including gender identity and expression
multicultural issues, including racial, ethnic, and cultural identity and expression
mental health implications of systemic oppression, particularly related to sexual orientation, gender, and race and ethnicity
grief and loss
mindfulness and stress management
sex and sexuality
body image and eating disorders
perinatal and postpartum adjustment, anxiety, and depression
loss during pregnancy, particularly stillbirth
coping with health issues, illness, and medical treatment
trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder
relationship dynamics and conflicts
marital difficulties, separation, divorce
adjustments related to life transitions such as moving and aging
questions of identity and purpose
Credentials, Experience, Qualifications
I am licensed as a clinical psychologist in Virginia. In order to provide telehealth psychotherapy with clients in locations other than Virginia, I am authorized by the PSYPACT Commission and the Association for State and Provincial Psychology Boards to practice interjurisdictional telepsychology in participating jurisdictions.
In addition to engaging in individual psychotherapy with adults, I provide clinical consultations, psychoeducational presentations, and media interviews by request. I am passionate about extending my knowledge and expertise in psychology beyond the traditional psychotherapy space to promote awareness of and discussion about mental health issues as we experience them in our everyday lives.
I have been continuously licensed and practicing as a psychologist since 2002 and have had an independent psychology practice focused solely on providing psychotherapy since 2006. To support my ongoing learning and development as a psychologist, I maintain active memberships with national and regional professional organizations in psychology, including the American Psychological Association, and in related disciplines.
Prior to establishing my psychology practice, I worked in several university counseling centers where I provided psychotherapy and a range of other psychoeducational services to undergraduate and graduate students. In those settings I also provided extensive clinical supervision and training on psychotherapy theory and practice to graduate students in counseling, social work, and psychology doctoral programs.
I earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2000 and completed a one-year predoctoral internship and a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Counseling and Student Development at the University of Delaware. All of my doctoral and post-doctoral training programs maintained continuous, full accreditation status with the American Psychological Association.