My Approach to Helping
My style is warm, engaged, responsive, and consistent. I use empathy and, at times, humor to create a comfortable environment for individuals to share their struggles, express difficult emotions, and take risks toward change in order to enhance their relationships, self-acceptance, and overall well-being.
To tailor therapy to an individual's needs, I draw on insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness methods. I believe that the combination of a strong therapeutic relationship based on compassion and acceptance, along with help to identify and alter negative patterns of behavior, can lead to great change.
I welcome individuals with concerns arising from life transitions, loss, relationships, depression, and anxiety. I am particularly sensitive to issues unique to women and those arising from the intersection of cultures. Being a bi-cultural first generation American, I am able to engage clients in exploration of issues and concerns related to cultural identity. At the same time, I take a broad and flexible view of identity and do not consider it necessary for clients to have these concerns in order to be a good fit in our work together.
In my experience, clients with a range of concerns that engage in therapy can achieve significant improvements. I find great personal satisfaction in ensuring that each individual that enters my practice has the best opportunity I can provide to address their challenges.
I have many years of clinical experience that I bring to my work. I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver in 1998. I have been licensed for over 17 years and have practiced in North Carolina and the District of Columbia. I serve on the Board of Directors of the Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology.
I support clients with needed documentation who wish to file their own insurance claims. I am not an "in network" provider for insurance companies. I accept a limited number of clients on a reduced-fee basis to assist individuals who may not otherwise be in a position to obtain therapy. My office is conveniently located near the Friendship Heights red-line metro station.