I have worked in the field of mental health since 1995. I am a board certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) in private practice in the Towson area. I provide treatment to adolescents (ages 16+) and adults. I have extensive clinical experience and training with a speciality in the treatment of Eating Disorders. I am an International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) & an iaedp Approved Supervisor (CEDS-S); one of a limited number of professionals nationwide to achieve these distinctions after completing a rigorous set of criteria for the evaluation of education, training, knowledge and experience.
My scope of practice also includes adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, body image issues, self-destructive behaviors, transitions, relationship problems, and other generalized psychological concerns. I have extensive experience working with families facing transitions and issues around impaired communication.
This experience/training includes my work in various mental health settings ranging from in-home services and correctional facilities to psychiatric hospital programs and private mental health programs. Prior to opening my own practice my experience included work as a family and group therapist at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt Health System and as The Clinical Supervisor at The Renfrew Center Baltimore. I enjoy working with both individuals, families and groups.
I do not have a "one-size fits all" approach when working with clients. I utilize an integrative approach using a variety of treatment modalities to best meet the needs of my clients. I am guided by both research and evidence based/evidence informed interventions to include aspects of Psychodynamic Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Based Therapy, and the Unified Protocol.
I see myself as the holder of hope for my clients as I have empathy in the face of resistance and ambivalence which is often a part of change. I see myself as a teacher as I provide psycho-education to clients around areas such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety, family systems and communication styles as well as providing supervision to licensed graduate social workers working towards their advanced licensure and eating disorder clinicians who are earning their certified eating disorder specialist certification. Lastly, I am a learner. I welcome opportunities to learn new therapy techniques/styles through trainings and continued supervision/consultation.
In my work with adolescents struggling with eating disorder behavior I am informed by a Family Based Treatment Approach, requiring sessions to include family members. I provide psycho-education, coaching and support to caregivers in order to help them structure home life to support recovery and also provide them confidence and hope which is often can be shattered during the course of this illness.