Welcome to my website, which is intended to provide information about the services I provide and my therapeutic style. This may be your first time seeking therapy for yourself, your loved one or your family or you may be looking for a "good fit" and not sure what to expect. My goal is to demystify this process, provide you hope, and empower you to make changes as we walk through the process together. Please contact me if you have any additional questions about my practice or how therapy could benefit you and/or your family or simply if you want to know more about what to expect in this process. 

My Qualifications

  • Master of Social Work (MSW)-University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Social Work.
  • Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical.
  • Maryland State License # 13123.
  • NPI # 1538586045.
  • Member of National Association of Social Workers.
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor with the State of Maryland.

My Approach

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 14+) and adults. I have extensive clinical experience and training with a speciality in the treatment of Eating Disorders. 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 transdiagnostic approaches.

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. 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.

 

Treatment Process

At the first session, a client can expect to fill out some paperwork and answer questions about his/her history and current concerns. The first appointment is an opportunity to meet me, ask questions, and set goals for treatment. I usually look at the first couple of sessions as a time for assessment. A referral to another qualified professional(s), may be required.

So much of the success of therapy hinges on the comfort of the therapy relationship so getting to know one another and assessing the "fit" between us is important.  I suggest that you try to commit to coming for a couple of sessions to give it a try.