My Approach to Helping
I think the most important part of being a good therapist is genuinely caring about the well-being of the people I work with. I am an empathic therapist, and work to create a warm and welcoming environment for those I see in therapy. This sets a foundation that enables us to talk about what brings you to therapy, whether it be hopes, struggles, fears, conflicts, etc. Together, we will explore your concerns and wishes, and uncover what is standing between what life is like now and what you want it to be. I will help you recognize and understand the barriers that keep you from feeling the way you want to feel, and work with you to break through those barriers, which can result in greater satisfaction in relationships, work, and day-to-day life. I also provide support and guidance for those experiencing life transitions, such as marriage, children, loss, divorce, and those new to the city who are having trouble adjusting. I think that it is important to recognize that, although we all have limitations, we also have strengths and resources. I have a flexible approach to therapy, and have been trained in a number of different modalities that allow me to cater to your specific needs.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My experiences in the field of psychology include multiple publications in relevant journals, such as the Journal of Counseling Psychology, the Journal of College Counseling, and Psychotherapy Research. I have also been an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor in the department of psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. I have had a variety of clinical experiences including experiences at university mental health and counseling centers and an inpatient facility. I am a generalist, and am experienced and skilled at working with a variety of concerns. I do have particular interests in working with those experiencing concerns in their relationships with friends, family, andor romantic partners. In addition to being LGBTQ affirming, I enjoy working with clients from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. I also have extensive experience working with the undergraduate and graduate student population. I am a trained supervisor for therapists and am available for clinical supervision and consultation.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
For many, the decision to start therapy with someone they've never met is difficult and intimidating. While it is true that, as with any relationship, we begin as strangers, starting at the first session we will get to know each other. Over time, it will become easier to share and open up, and there will hopefully be times when you realize you are looking forward to therapy. Therapy is an investment of time and money, but the payoff can be priceless.