My Approach to Helping
First and foremost I want to hear your story. You are more than just a list of symptoms. I want to help you make sense of what you are struggling with by putting it into the context of your life experiences. I strive to help you better understand your internal world so you can better adapt to the world around you. I focus on creating a space where you won’t feel judged and instead feel safe to talk about the difficult parts of life. We will focus on how you think about yourself and the dynamics of your relationships. I match my approach to meet your needs and am trained in psychodynamic, interpersonal and cognitive behavioral styles of therapy. I am a blend of direct and challenging and warm and accepting. I believe in building an authentic relationship and using humor along the way.
I received my BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University in 2000 and went on to study clinical social work at Bryn Mawr School of Social Work in 2007. I then completed a 3 year post graduate fellowship at Swarthmore College’s Counseling and Psychological Services department. I hold Certificates in Psychodynamic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work post graduate training center. I have many years of experience working in a verity of inpatient and residential treatment centers and worked at a large group practice for 10 years. My areas of specialty are depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, disorderd eating, LGBTQ, trauma, personality disorders, relationships and transitional agecollege youth. I am also passionate about working with people who struggle with chronic illness and chronic pain. I have experience with pre and post bariatric surgery patients.
I hold professional memberships with the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work and with the American Academy of Psychotherapists.