I love witnessing clients move beyond their expectations. I focus on helping clients see their inherent strengths and learn how to recognize and change unhelpful mindsets, relationship patterns, and behaviors. The right therapist can help you make changes that you never thought possible. In my decades as a therapist, researcher and professor, I have seen clients far exceed their expectations.
I strongly believe that secure relationships are relevant to our personal growth, happiness, and life satisfaction. I foster a strong bond with my clients, and this connection becomes the basis for the work that we do together. It’s essential that clients feel safe, understood and supported. With this security, clients gain the courage to look more deeply at themselves and make important changes.
In my work with couples, I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. We work together to identify where you are stuck, and move forward in developing a closer and more emotionally connected relationship. Many couples find renewed hope and increased connection and passion in their relationships.
More About My Practice
My treatment approach is integrative, with an emphasis on helping clients gain insight and make behavioral changes. In most cases, I use a combination of psychodynamic, interpersonal, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) methods to help clients understanding themselves, learn healthy coping strategies, and change troublesome behaviors. Thus, we may focus some time on examining patterns in your relationships, thoughts and behaviors and address aspects of your past that may affect your present functioning. My methods promote insight and include directive, and educational interventions out-of-session work focused on resolving problems that you currently face.
I am happy to provide additional information about my approach to treatment and I encourage you to ask as many questions as you like. I strive to have a collaborative relationship with my clients in which we work together in a partnership.
I provide evaluation and treatment for a range of emotional and behavioral problems in adults. My treatment specialties include anxiety, stress, depression, adjustment issues, relationship concerns, life transitions, and couples counseling.
Education and Career Background
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland
Pre-Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology at Towson University Counseling Center
M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland
B.A. in Psychology from Ithaca College
Founder/Director, Psychology Specialists of Maine, Brunswick, ME (2016-present)
Licensed Psychologist, Private Practice, Brunswick ME (2009-2016)
Adjunct Professor, Bowdoin College Department of Psychology (2010-2014)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Bowdoin College, Department of Psychology (2008-2010)
Program Director, Towson University Master’s Program in Counseling (2006-2008)
Associate Professor (Tenured), Towson University Department of Psychology (2006-2008)
Assistant Professor, Towson University Department of Psychology (2002-2006)
Licensed Psychologist, Private Practice, Maryland (2002-2008) Maine (2009-present)
Pre-doctoral Intern, Towson University Counseling Center (2001-2002)