My Approach to Helping
Initiating a new therapeutic experience can be both exhilarating and anxiety-provoking, and it usually starts with finding a clinical provider who can become a steward and a teammate on a marine crossing into the unknown. Finding this right person can be both a scientific and artistic endeavor. Reading about professional and academic credentials can help to envision how this person has a potential to be an expert-navigator and a fellow traveler in the turbulent waters of growth and change, but allowing yourself to dive into the unknown with this person requires courage and desire not only to feel better in a short run but to invest heavily in one’s future by concentrating on the past and present. I invite you to read about my academic and professional credentials and wish you a courageous sail with me or another steward who will inspire you to undertake this journey that can be and should be life-altering!
I am a licensed psychologist who is trained as a scientist-practitioner (adult track) in counseling psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. I completed additional specialization in clinical psychology: trauma disorders through a postdoctoral fellowship at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore, Maryland. I value the contributions of empirical research which inform my work with individuals or couples who are seeking treatment and envisioning change in their lives, relationships, and outlook for the future. As a clinician I am highly integrative in my thinking and practical delivery of psychological interventions and utilize the therapeutic framework which consists of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral,dialectical-behavioral, humanistic, and feminist theory based interventions.
Over the decade and across various settings such as universities, hospitals, inpatient medical rehabilitation centers, corporate sector, I developed a great deal of understanding and practical experience addressing adjustments and life transitions; anxiety and mood disorders; personality disorders; eating disorders; substance use and abuse disorders; sexual identity issues; trauma and dissociation; academic issues and selection and success in graduate and professional schools, personal and professional transition from college or graduate school to the life of work and love; friendships romantic relationships issues, marital and sexual satisfaction concerns, parenting and co-parenting issues, and career development and management across a life span. Also, I am highly proficient in working with geriatric patients and their families, cancer patients, individuals with long-term disability, mobility disability, chronic pain as well as end of life care. I am an LQBTQ affirmative clinician and provide multiculturally-sensitive clinical services to all.
I believe in the importance of warm, collaborative, honest, and professionally committed relationship. I practice with humility and scholarship and believe in the power of creative process that takes place in each moment of working and connecting together in a therapeutic dyad or triad which becomes an engine for new understanding and new experiences for all parties involved in this journey of self-discovery and healing.