I like doing therapy and counseling. I find it rewarding, challenging, and fulfilling. I get to see clients change, grow, and become who they want to be by overcoming their fears, anxieties, past traumas, and letting go of unhealthy self-defeating patterns of feeling, behaving, and relating to others. There is no profession like it.
My desire to be a therapist began with a theories course I took as part of my undergrad psychology degree. I was required to critically review a book by the famous Swiss Psychiatrist, Carl Jung. It was called “Answer to Job” and it changed my life. From that point on, I wanted to better understand myself and others, and to learn how to help those suffering in life. I was hooked, and for the last 25 years I have been reading, studying, and training in counseling, psychotherapy, neuroscience, trauma, and Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.
I have 25 years of clinical experience and am currently an Associate Professor of Counseling at Marymount University. I am a guest faculty member of the Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry and board member of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA).
I enjoy teaching psychotherapy, conducting training seminars, writing, and supervising counselors-in-training. I have published journal and book articles on counseling and psychotherapy, clinical supervision, emotions, and have been an active presenter at regional, national, and international conferences.
For fun I like writing and playing music, cooking, gardening, and traveling.
Education and Certifications
Washington School of Psychiatry, 2010
Graduate, 3-year training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2006
PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision
Appalachian State University, 1994
Master of Arts in Counseling
Appalachian State University, 1989
License and Certification
Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC and North Carolina
National Certified Counselor
3-Year program in ISTDP
Certified IEDTA Supervisor and Trainer