Philosophy of Mental Health
Mental health is often overlooked, and undertreated. I believe that by addressing underlying psychological dysfunction, individuals are able to live more fulfilled and satisfied lives. By creating a therapeutic relationship and collaborating with each individual, my goal is to empower my clients to take responsibility for their happiness and develop effective coping mechanisms and strategies to live the life they desire. I do not subscribe to one particular methodology, and instead believe that the most effective therapy is tailored to the individual. My training includes both behavioral and psychotherapeutic evidence based methods.
My services can be modified and applied to people at any stage of life. I have worked with children, adults, families, couples, LGBTQ people, and the elderly. My clinical experience includes work with anxiety, depression, personality disorders, addiction, post traumatic stress disorder, and individuals managing chronic illnesses.
Education and Training
I grew up in Howard County, MD, and attended the public schools in the area. My undergraduate career was completed at University of Maryland, College Park, where I graduated with a B.S. in education. I completed my M.S. in counseling at Johns Hopkins, and have experience in both mental health and school counseling. I have organized and directed several youth programs for middle and high school ages. My post masters training includes Crisis Response, Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, and Addictions Counseling.
I have a variety of interests in hobbies which include cooking, travel, gardening, knitting, hiking, yoga, and more. My family is very important to me, and I make a great effort to keep my relationships strong and healthy.