As a provider trained in DBT, I enjoy teaching my clients skills like mindfulness, wise-mind, taking the middle path, and radical acceptance (amongst others), and love seeing my clients use these skills to improve relationships, reduce suffering, and build lives worth living. I am passionate about helping people alleviate suffering to find meaning and purpose in their lives. My clinical interests include working with couples, adults, and adolescents who struggle with relationships, anxiety, depression, emotional disturbances, addictions, mood and personality disorders, trauma, major life transitions, and other issues that impact their ability to lead fulfilling lives. My specialties include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Couples Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, including Trauma Focused CBT, & Accelerated Resolution Therapy.
I am a strong believer that relationships are vital to our mental and emotional well-being and even our survival. This includes the relationships we have with our friends, family, partners, and ourselves. It also includes the relationships we have with the things that can bring us both joy and misery, from food and substances to technology and intimacy. I use the therapeutic relationship as a foundation to help clients improve the relationships in their lives and achieve positive and lasting outcomes. I strive to foster the therapeutic relationship by creating a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental environment where clients can feel listened to and understood. I recognize how difficult the path of seeking help and know that compassion is so important when dealing with clients.
I like to use an eclectic approach to therapy that draws on psychodynamic, humanistic and existential perspectives to find the methods that work best for each individual client. I also incorporate a variety of modalities into work with clients including the Gottman Method, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing.
How did I get interested in therapy? As a teenager I first became interested in Buddhism through reading Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums and Desolation Angels, and it wasn’t long before I was diving fully into the Lotus Sutra and contemplating how changes in thought and behavior could work to liberate both myself and others from suffering. These tenets have stayed with me throughout my life, helping me to recover from the impact of many adverse childhood experiences, cope with struggles related to a chronic health condition, and ultimately propelling me into the social work profession. Early in my career I worked at the macro level, helping to advance equity primarily in the areas of health and education. Later, I came to believe that change in the world begins at the individual level. Now, I enjoy working directly with adults, adolescents, and couples to help them overcome the challenges that lead to conflict and suffering in their lives.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Couples Counseling, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Bethesda!