I earned my master’s degree in counseling from Loyola University Maryland. Both my clinical internship and my first job after graduate school took place in nonprofit agencies that serve people impacted by intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. In these settings, I developed what I now consider to be my foremost specialty: providing therapy to individuals who have experienced sexual assault as well as to their loved ones (e.g., parents, partners, friends). I consider myself to be a therapist geared toward anyone with a “Me Too” story, including those who were jarred by the publicity of the #MeToo movement. I also have experience counseling individuals who have encountered domestic/dating abuse and other forms of interpersonal violence. In addition, I like to work with people who are attempting to navigate and adjust to major life transitions regardless of whether trauma is involved. I will gladly accept short-term clients who just need a fresh perspective or a temporary “safety net” to boost them through a rough patch.
While these are my specialties, I am also a firm believer that anyone can benefit from therapy if they want it. You don’t need to be clinically ill or in crisis; you don’t need to have had a “bad” childhood or troubling relationships; you don’t need to have already been struggling for a certain amount of time or to anticipate that you will or won’t be done struggling within a certain amount of time; you don’t even need to be currently experiencing any particular hardship. I maintain this opinion when it comes to seeking therapy for the first time, remaining in therapy after the “worst” is over, returning to therapy after a break, and within each single therapy session. I want to relieve any pressure to justify whether a topic is serious enough to bring to therapy. If it’s important to you to talk about something, then it’s important to me to hear about it. On the other side of the coin, if you’re not ready to address a daunting issue yet or could use some respite from focusing on more pressing problems, that’s acceptable too. And while I will periodically check in to make sure that our time together is still relevant and helpful and that we are working toward the goals you have set for yourself, I recognize that our attention and objectives may and sometimes should evolve or change completely depending on what is going on in your life and in the world.
I utilize an eclectic, trauma-informed approach that is built upon a client-centered foundation. I find it valuable to examine and explore with my clients our interactions as they unfold within sessions; I think this helps immensely in the process of establishing common ground and developing clearer and/or alternate perspectives. I also frequently introduce metaphors to help explain and make connections between concepts.
If you think I might be a good match for you or someone you love, I am currently welcoming new clients, and I look forward to working with you.