Thank you for your interest in learning more about me and my practice!
I am licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a marriage and family therapist. Why an LMFT? I hold a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University in Connecticut, and have completed Doctorate-level coursework in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University.
I am a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and the former Maryland Chapter Chairperson and former D.C. Chapter Chairperson for the Middle Atlantic Division of the AAMFT, as well as a member of the Virginia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. I am also a member of the National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapists, committed to remaining hopeful that marriages can be repaired and can last.
I have received advanced training and supervision in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). EFT focuses on creating and strengthening emotional bonds between partners by identifying and transforming the key moments that foster an adult loving relationship. EFT has an astounding 70 – 75% success rate and results have been shown to last, even in the face of significant stress and EFT is recognized by the American Psychological Association as empirically proven. I am also a member of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). To learn more, check out www.iceeft.com and www.holdmetight.net.
I am a Certified Prepare/Enrich Counselor, a program designed with an assessment to help couples prepare for marriage and/or improve their relationships. Through this program, I have designed educational classes for nearly and newly committed couples available via in-person, Skype, or video Gmail chat. Please feel free to inquire about private classes as well.
In addition to private practice, I volunteer as a Provider for Give an Hour, a non-profit organization providing free mental health services to U.S. troops and their families. I also volunteer with Our Military Kids, providing articles for their website to offer support, guidance, and reassurance to couples, families, and parents/guardians who are raising children of National Guard and Military Reserve personnel who are currently deployed overseas, as well as children of Wounded Warriors in all branches.
I have worked in home-based counseling settings providing intensive Multisystemic Therapy to at-risk youth and their families in the District of Columbia. I have also provided school-based counseling to youth and their parents to support change in a variety areas. I have consulted with numerous treatment facilities, churches, school personnel, and medical personnel.
The approach to counseling is positive, strength-based, and active to achieve greater life satisfaction, healthier dynamics, effective patterns of behavior, and deeper connected relationships. Clients work toward change in and out of the therapy office while receiving support for such challenges and changes.
The challenges we can address together include:
I can also be found listed at All Therapist, Psychology Today, Wellness.com, Insider Pages, HealthGrades, WeddingWire, The National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapists, MyWedding, Our Military Kids, United With Love, and GoodTherapy.org.