Education and Experience
Following receipt of my Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree from the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, I completed my postdoctoral fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Throughout my training and practice, I have had the opportunity to work in a range of settings, including behavioral health centers, schools, inpatient psychiatric units, and hospitals. These experiences have reinforced my commitment to social justice issues and how these issues intersect with mental health and access to care.
My breadth of experience has served me well in understanding the mental health system and both the limitations and strengths that it presents to those it serves. Having worked within several inpatient settings, I have experience with trauma and more severe and chronic mental health conditions. Additionally, my work in outpatient hospital settings as well as schools, has allowed me to hone my skills in more short-term, family-focused and group-based treatment.
Following my licensure, I served as a psychotherapist, and then clinical supervisor and intake director with The Therapy Center of Philadelphia (formerly The Women’s Therapy Center), a non-profit organization committed to providing high-quality and affordable therapy. This experience shaped my awareness of the barriers to care that those without access to health insurance face. I have taught both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, classes focused on clinical psychology, case consultation, and adolescent development. Currently, I conduct pro-bono evaluations through HealthRight International and Physicians for Human Rights for asylum seekers.
Taken together, these professional experiences inform my approach to being an independent practitioner. This modality allows me the autonomy to practice in ways that preserve each client’s humanity and tailor treatment to each person’s needs. I am aware that my role as a person’s therapist may require collaboration with others, such as medical doctors, teachers, and family members and I believe collaboration can have an enormous positive impact.
I am a member of the following organizations:
- Philadelphia Society for Clinical Psychologists
- Philadelphia Area Group Psychotherapy Society, Board of Directors
- Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
- Section VIII of Division 39: Couple and Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis
- American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Mental Health Professionals Group