My Approach to Helping
As of June 2018, I am not able to accept new clients. Please check back in Fall 2018. Thank you for reading my profile, and for taking steps toward feeling better. I enjoy helping through therapy by facilitating a calm and listening presence so that you feel heard, understood and validated. In many ways, therapy is a purposeful conversation, focused on helping you to identify and sort through your thoughts, feelings and behaviors to better understand yourself. While increasing this awareness, we can then identify our choices and areas for change. Many of us come to therapy feeling fearful, depressed and inadequate, perhaps from adverse experiences, losses of important relationships and roles, or from goals that haven't been achieved as we planned. During times of distress, it is still important to identify your strengths, as well as to talk about and savor your new possibilities and solutions. I find it most gratifying to help you to view yourself and your life from an alternate perspective, as well as with acceptance. My approach to therapy is also about collaborating with you on identifying coping tools for managing the effects of painful emotions, by helping you to challenge negative thinking habits and destructive actions, and with assisting you in using more healthy communication patterns in your relationships.
More Info About My Practice
I practice within the Canton area of Baltimore City within the Charm City Integrative Health center, which also offers acupuncture and massage by licensed professionals.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Mental health conditions I am skilled at helping with include anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, recovery from childhood trauma, eating and body image concerns, recovery from addictions, LGBTQ concerns, relationship distress, and phase of life transitions. I have over 16 years of psychotherapy and clinical social work experience with adults in outpatient psychiatry clinics, employee assistance programs, counseling centers at local universities, and in private practice settings. I often utilize therapy modalities including Humanistic, Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), interpersonal, trauma informed therapy, psychodynamic theory and mindfulness based practices. In addition, I completed a certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment in 2015, which utilizes more attachment based principles and experiential tools to help clients who are survivors of abuse. I have completed 2 mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) courses as a participant, and a professional practicum in MBSR, 2014. I may incorporate Mindfulness-Based practices for stress reduction and symptom relief (for anxiety and depression) when appropriate. I have also completed the Level I training in advanced trauma treatment and completing Level II in 2018 through the Ferentz Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education in Baltimore.