I am incredibly passionate about helping individuals heal and grow and providing high-quality psychotherapy, coaching and consulting services. I truly believe that psychotherapy works and is a powerful method for healing, growth, change and self-acceptance. I value the courage it takes to seek out help and I am committed to developing strong, warm and encouraging therapeutic relationships with my clients. I strive to make the counseling and coaching experience rewarding and individualized.
Experience and Education
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) in the state of Maryland and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board of Certified Counselors. I obtained a Master of Science degree in Clinical Community Counseling/Mental Health Psychology from Johns Hopkins University. I hold a B.S. degree in Family Science from the University of Maryland. I have completed significant coursework in early childhood education, adult attachment and relationships, family dynamics, anxiety treatment, mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
I am an International Best Selling author of the book, Sexy Secrets to a Juicy Love Life (March 2014), that I co-authored with other psychotherapists, relationship and love experts, life coaches, dating coaches and matchmakers.
I am a Relationship Expert and writer for DatingAdvice.com and eHarmony Advice. I frequently write about healthy relationships, dating and relationship anxiety, self-care, dating tips, mindful dating, self-esteem, breakups, attraction, communication and other topics pertaining to love, relationships, sex, intimacy and dating. My writing has also been featured on numerous websites including:
Break the Cycle, the leading national non-profit organization aimed to decrease youth dating abuse/violence and support youth in the formation of healthy relationships,
DigitalRomance, Inc., a leading website on dating and solutions to relationship problems,
Singles Warehouse, an internationally reaching dating ezine, and
Power Up Living, a website promoting more freedom, flexibility and fun in life and business.
I have been interviewed for a variety of radio shows, podcasts and publications, including:
PsychCentral, the “Internet’s largest mental health social network” and “modern voice for mental health information, emotional support, and advocacy,”
Bustle, and online media source for women,
Positive Dating with Patricia Raskin WPRO, and
I truly enjoy working with individuals and couples through my private practice. Previously, I provided psychotherapy and mental healthcare services for clients of all ages at Vesta, Inc., an outpatient mental health clinic located in Silver Spring, Maryland. There, I was responsible for conducting biopsychosocial assessments and intake diagnostic evaluations and providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families with mental health concerns and/or chronic mental illness.
I also have experience working as a teacher and guidance counseling assistant for elementary school students in the Montgomery County School System in Maryland. As a guidance counseling assistant, I supported students individually, led small groups for students struggling with social skills, anger management, learning disabilities and anxiety and facilitated classroom lessons on topics such as self-expression, bullying, conflict resolution, coping skills and others.
More about me…
My belief is that I cannot help my clients unless I continue to do my own personal work, have a healthy support system and make time for my own growing, learning, reflection and self-care on a daily basis. Art, dance, Zumba, reading, journaling, mindfulness, quality time with family and friends, and healthy eating enrich my life and keep me energized and balanced.