About my background
I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. The CUA Clinical Psychology program has been continually accredited by the American Psychological Association since the APA began accrediting programs in 1948. I received my BS in psychology from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.
I have been in private practice in Washington, DC since 2005. Prior to this I was a Staff Psychologist and the Coordinator of Research at the Saint Luke Institute in Silver Spring, MD. In this setting I provided intensive individual therapy, group therapy, and psychological assessment to adults in a residential treatment center. Clients at the center struggled with issues such as addictions, the effects of trauma, mood disorders, and longstanding significant relationship problems. I also coordinated ongoing research projects and oversaw the integrity of research database.
In my final year of doctoral training I interned at the ENRM Veterans Affairs Hospital in Bedford, MA. In this setting I provided individual therapy, group therapy, and psychological assessment to military veterans. Again, many veterans that I saw struggled with addictions, mood disorders, and the lasting effects of traumatic life experiences, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). During my doctoral training I also worked in a variety of other mental health settings in the Washington, DC area, such as the American University Counseling Center, the Catholic University Counseling Center, the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, and the Arlington County Mental Health Center.
I have a healthy respect for psychological research. I try to integrate research findings into my clinical work when appropriate. I have co-authored journal publications and conference presentations that deal primarily with the topic of suicide and the outpatient assessment and treatment of suicidal clients.
Licensure and Professional Affiliations
I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the APA Division of Psychotherapy (Division 29), and The Society for Sex Therapy and Research. I am licensed as a psychologist in the District of Columbia (License #PSY1000305).