I am a Pennsylvania and New York licensed psychologist specializing in psychotherapy with couples, families and individuals, assessment, and supervision with trainees and therapists. Taken together, my professional experiences have reinforced my commitment to social justice issues and working with clients from diverse backgrounds. As an independent practitioner, I have the privilege of autonomy to practice in ways that preserve each person’s humanity and tailor treatment to each person’s needs.
After earning a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree from the University of Denver, I completed my internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. I have trained and practiced in a range of settings including behavioral health centers, schools, inpatient psychiatric units, and hospitals.
I am Certified as an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist (EFT). EFT is an extensively researched and highly effective approach to couples therapy that can also be applied to work with individuals and families. I am also trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through the Penn Center for Mindfulness, and Posttraumatic Stress Management and Psychological First Aid through the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health.
I consistently seek out opportunities to expand my clinical skills and thinking. This approach has expanded my capacity to effectively collaborate and help shift seemingly intractable patterns in people’s lives.
For several years, I served as a 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 psychotherapy. Since that time, I developed a specialization in immigration-focused evaluations. I conduct pro-bono evaluations through Physicians for Human Rights and HealthRight International for asylum seekers. I have another a sub-specialty in the reproductive health arena, offering therapy around family building and infertility, along with conducting consultations and evaluations for 3rd party reproduction.
Advancing human rights, promoting social justice and fighting the stigma of mental illness are important values I hold as a psychologist. As such, teaching, supervising and providing education to the general public have been woven into my work since I began my practice.
My teaching experiences at the undergraduate and graduate level have included classes focused on psychological assessment, clinical psychology, case consultation, attachment theory and adolescent development. I have extensive experience supervising graduate students and therapists. Additionally, I have presented talks and workshops to a range of groups, including new teachers, individuals preparing to re-enter the workforce, and mental health professionals
I am a member of the following organizations:
- Philadelphia Center for EFT, Board of Directors
- International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
- American Psychological Association, Division 56, Trauma Psychology
- Pennsylvania Psychological Association
- Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Mental Health Professionals Group