I'm a licensed psychologist in private practice in Bethesda, MD. I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to treat a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, and pervasive difficulties often referred to as “personality disorders.” Currently, I serve as Board President on the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ACBS (MAC-ACBS), an organization I co-founded in 2011. As such, I help coordinate local trainings and peer consultation groups for professionals. In addition, I conduct ACT workshops for graduate students and mental health professionals.
Each client has unique needs. Some prefer brief treatment aimed primarily at eliminating their symptoms. Others are interested in long-term therapy designed to increase insight and eliminate obstacles to deeper fulfillment. I believe that each of us knows what we need, and the work of therapy lies in defining that need and pursuing it effectively.
I generally start by getting to know you and evaluating your history and current problems. The first task of therapy is to create a setting in which you feel comfortable talking about what's troubling you. Then starts the real work of therapy. Together, we will uncover what is true for you. We will find ways to help you make the changes you need to in order to create the life you want and deserve.
I'm an active therapist. That means I don't just sit there. I talk; I ask thought-provoking questions; I offer new perspectives. To this end, I use several therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and other insight-oriented therapies. I have expertise in trauma and am well-versed in several highly effective trauma treatments.
My work is grounded in the best scientific practices of Western Psychology, heavily influenced by practices more characteristic of Eastern philosophies. Interventions which involve mindful awareness, acceptance, and psychological flexibility can be remarkably freeing and therapeutic. These practices dovetail with my interests in Interpersonal Neurobiology and Positive Psychology.