My Approach to Helping
I am confident that you can heal and grow when offered compassion, thoughtful support, and the opportunity to learn new skills in evidence-based therapy. To help you achieve your goals, I will actively evaluate your needs and build you a scientifically sound care plan. I will support you in your learning, whether you want to improve your mental health, make the most of your relationships or professional life, or cope with chronic illness. I am proud to work with people who have diverse cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and personal identities.
My training is from Emory University and Columbia Medical Center, and I am a psychology professor at Whitman College. This background enables me to leverage psychological science for my clients' benefit. My treatments are informed primarily by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), with other evidence-based and culturally affirmative elements as needed. I have published many peer-reviewed research studies and book chapters on personality and psychological adjustment. I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Washington State Psychological Association, the American Association of University Professors, and Phi Beta Kappa.
The highest praise for a well-done therapy is when a client tells me: “I’ve learned new skills, and I have grown as a person as a result of working with you.” Therapy can be effective, but deciding to call a therapist and ask for help can be difficult. To help you decide, my website provides information about what therapy is and how it works. (Check it out!)