I have been in private practice since 2011, and before that had seven years experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups in such settings as community mental health organizations, private clinics, addiction treatment centers, hospice, and social service organizations.
After receiving my MSW degree in 2008, I attended eight years of post-graduate training: five years at the Washington School of Psychiatry, first in their Clinical Program (2010-12) and then in their Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy program (ISTDP) (2014-2016); followed by three-years at the ISTDP Institute in Washington DC from 2018-2020. Two years of advanced supervision and bi-weekly supervision keeps my knowledge and skills current.
Other more specialized training includes a license as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in 2011, certification as a health counselor at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2009, and certification as a Pet Bereavement Specialist from the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement in 2005.
While my work as a psychotherapist is based on my education and training, my varied life experience and life transitions enable me to empathize and put myself in the shoes of my patients. My intellectual curiosity and dedication to life-long learning is the foundation that inspires me and keeps me going, and helping people reach their goals is how I draw on my experience/education.
The essential ingredient of treatment is to have a good working alliance, clarity regarding the goal, and willingness to work together to reach that goal.
Intensive Short Term Dynamic Therapy
(ISTDP) is a process-based therapy grounded in empirical research. The caring, focused attention during each session helps in the acceptance of emotional experience, identifies emotional avoidance tactics, and activates the healthy forces within the patient.
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