I am a licensed psychologist with a true passion for my work. My belief is that with a commitment on both of our parts and a lot of hard work exerted in the service of your life goals, positive change is almost inevitable. My philosophy is that change is most possible in the context of an accepting and validating relationship. I work in a collaborative manner, and believe that much of what is learned in therapy is learned because it takes place in a real, authentic, relationship.
I began my work as a mental health therapist specializing in women’s issues in 1992, when I began working as the Assistant Director of a trauma crisis center. I completed my MA degree at West Chester University in 1994, and went on to earn my PhD at Colorado State University in 2000. My predoctoral internship at the Medical College of Georgia was where I was introduced to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and where I began facilitating DBT skills training groups. I went on to do my postdoctoral work at the Renfrew Center of Philadelphia, where I worked as a staff psychologist in the residential, day treatment, and outpatient programs.
In 2002, I began a private practice and at the same time, I began facilitating DBT skills training groups again. DBT is by far the therapeutic approach which most informs my work with clients, However, I have also received training in ,and often use, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) strategies as well.
I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, self-injury, trauma, mood disorders, and borderline personality disorder. I also provide introductory trainings on DBT for therapists, and have presented trainings at the Renfrew Center, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), and Survivors of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR).