Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist – PhD.
Life can be difficult and full of challenges. Sometimes those challenges can overwhelm us and exceed our capacity to work through them on our own. My practice is focused on working with adolescents, adults and couples who need help moving past these types of life events that can keep us stuck.
I pay special attention to addressing the whole person when working through some of life’s difficulties. The mind, body, spirit and environment in which the individual lives can have a lasting impact on healing, wholeness and moving forward. Using creativity and creative approaches, I custom fit treatment to the individual. Moreover, I provide treatment his or her specific circumstances to facilitate growth and healing.
I also work with individuals who have experienced stressful situations that involve spirituality and faith. So, I help you explore multiple dimensions of personhood in the context of one’s cultural identity. And the factors that contribute to its development.
I foster a safe environment to promote restorative wellness, and I help to equip clients with practical tools to help them navigate healthy relationships so the life you want to pursue can be within your reach.
I hold a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, CA. I am currently working towards licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling in the state of Virginia. Moreover, I am also a Ph.D. Student studying International Psychology with a concentration in Trauma. I earned my B.A. from Rutgers University, Douglass College in New Jersey. I work under the supervision of Ed Hendrickson, LMFT.
Primarily I work from an attachment-based lens using emotionally focused methods, creative and expressive methods as well as body-centered work. I am trained in Brainspotting, which allows me to help my clients process past hurts, anxieties, and stressors subcortically and in the body in a gentle manner. I combine it with my knowledge of Internal Family Systems (IFS) to address deeper intra-psychic unconscious matters. For couples, I use Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy as a primary model, but often include other methods to address individualized concerns.
Post Graduate Training:
Psychodrama (Ferentz Institute), Brainspotting Phase 1, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy Externship (Washington Baltimore Center for EFT), Treating Shame in the Clinical Setting, Integrating Trauma Treatment (Cape Cod Institute), Treating Trauma Systemically
Professional and Scholastic Affiliations and Honors:
Merit Scholarship Recipient- The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Urban Fellowship Grant Recipient- Pepperdine University
Clinical Psychology Colleagues Grant, Pepperdine University
Psi Chi International Honor Society of Psychology, Pepperdine University
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Fellow
International Center for Excellence in EFT, Member
International Associate of Marriage and Family Counselors