About Me

I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University in 2003 following a Master’s Degree from Wake Forest University in 1998 in General Psychology. I am currently licensed in both Pennsylvania and Virginia. I completed a year-long internship at Atascadero State Hospital in Atascadero, CA and have worked with a wide range of clients. I have served on National Boards and committees, aiding in research and treatment of individuals with sexual and personality concerns. I maintain a selective forensic practice in Pennsylvania. My training has focused on trauma, weight loss, mindfulness and personality disorders. I am also influenced by my training in yoga and meditation as a means of finding balance and center in my life.

I am a Certified Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals, Certified Anderson Weight Loss Treatment provider through William Anderson, MA, and hold the VA C-SOTP credential (Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider). I am a member of the Virginia Psychological Association.

My current focus is on providing behaviorally based treatment informed by research. I utilize what I consider to be a holistic cognitive-behavioral framework which examines how to make changes in larger problems by addressing smaller, more easily managed daily behaviors and decisions. Goal setting, value clarification, and mindfulness are techniques common in my practice. Holistic treatment addresses all aspects of someone’s life including their actions, beliefs, values, sleeping and eating patterns, and habits. Psychotherapy in this context is about collaboratively working towards greater awareness of these patterns and how to make alterations in these patterns in a manner that moves one continually towards healthy living. As humans, we are much better at moving towards something of worth, than trying to “not” do or feel something unpleasant.

My certifications in treating trauma, as well as providing Anderson Weight Loss therapy allow me to better assess and treat these particular problems.