My Approach to Helping
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders, trauma, and adjustment disorder. Specifically, I work with adults and adolescents who are experiencing generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, C-PTSD, medical phobias, and anxiety caused by circumstances, such as a medical diagnosis or injury, a life transition, loss, or ongoing isolation. Since chronic anxiety often leads to depressive symptoms, I treat that as well.
In a warm, supportive therapeutic setting, I help clients safely process their emotions and experiences and learn practical, strengths-based coping strategies and specific techniques for symptom management and reduction. I use evidence-based therapies to assist clients in identifying behavioral patterns and belief systems that keep them feeling stuck, frustrated, and unsettled.
I am particularly experienced in and adept at working with the following populations:
- People of all ages who are dealing with an acute, chronic, or terminal illness or physical injury -- whether it is their own or that of someone important in their lives.
- Adults and adolescents with medical-related phobias (e.g., Trypanophobia, Hemophobia, Tomophobia, Nosocomephobia)
- Healthcare professionals who experience work-related anxiety, stress, and burnout.
- College and graduate students as well as young adults with anxiety, social anxiety, adjustment issues, perfectionism, procrastination, and lack of motivation
- Women with Complex PTSD and trauma
- Adults who feel stuck in unhealthy behavioral patterns and relationships
In my 25 years of clinical experience, I have worked in numerous settings, such as major medical centers, primary care practices, oncology clinics, universities, corporate entities, hospice, public and private schools, and several nonprofit organizations. I earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from East Carolina University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Meredith College, and spent eight years completing extensive post-Master’s training at Harvard University, Albany Medical College, and James Madison University – primarily in the areas of Illness-Related Therapy, Neuroscience-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma-Informed Therapy.