Registered Clinical Social Worker
Here's what I believe.
I believe we’re constantly gathering data from the world around us to learn how to behave, to interact, and to thrive. However, sometimes we collect skewed or biased data, which can lead us to use ineffective or inappropriate strategies to cope. This can lead us to that sense of
getting stuck in life.
You may not know it, but the ability to change and grow and develop is in you. Sometimes we get stuck in negative cycles, and we need a guide to get out. Together we will lay out the pieces of your problems, challenge negative or distorted perspectives, discuss how to tolerate uncertainty in life, and get to the root of what’s keeping you stuck.
Why I Care.
An undisclosed amount of time ago…I was choosing a major for college and the only thing I
wanted to do was help others. I was looking for ‘paid volunteerism’ essentially, and I
stumbled upon Social Work. Thanks to the alignment with my values and the limited required
math classes, I started on my journey to become a clinical social worker. I began my work
with children on the spectrum and/or with special needs. Throughout college I worked as a
teaching assistant for a school for children on the spectrum, and I was an assistant for a
hippotherapy physical and occupational program. When it came time to choose an
internship, I wanted to challenge myself and try something new, and I found myself working
in hospice. Hospice stole my heart – the end of life is such an important time in our lives that
is so often ignored. I wanted to be that person for other people.
Following my Master’s in Social Work, I worked as a clinical social worker for neurology
outpatient clinics, in hospice, and in palliative care. I also went back to school for my PhD in
Public Health, which I completed in 2016. I’ve spent the past 7 years as an Assistant Professor
at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, developing and testing research interventions to
improve the coping of persons affected by dementia. I love being involved in research, and I
often bring strategies from my research into therapy with clients.
I began providing therapy services to care partners of patients with dementia several years
ago in my academic position and then was hired part time as a therapist at an organization
that specializes in treating OCD. Here, I’ve really thrived and found my niche in counseling.
I’m helping others. This is where I want to be.
My Education & Credentials.
I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work and a PhD
in Public Health. Over the past five years, I have provided individual, couples, and family
counselling through private practice and with NOCD, Inc.
I specialize in anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, trauma, trauma related to OCD, and end of life and bereavement.
Client Focus: Couples, Families, individuals, older adults
Types of therapy: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural
Therapy, Mindfulness, Prolonged Exposure Therapy
Issues: (Standard) Anxiety, Depression, trauma, life coaching, (Specialties) Obsessive-compulsive disorder, end-of-life and bereavement, OCD resulting or related to trauma, couples and communication.
Why People Work With Me
I think therapy is a bit like putting together a puzzle. We’re dumping the box of pieces out on the table and turning them over to look at the picture. And we’re rearranging them so they fit together and make sense. Fortunately, I LOVE puzzles, and I love helping my clients fit more and more of their pieces together.
I’m always looking to grow as a provider. I’ve pursued additional training wherever possible to ensure I’m able to best meet my clients’ needs. I use a holistic approach to help you sort through your concerns and goals, and we’ll mix and match therapeutic modalities to best support you therapeutically.
Once when I was working from home, my 6yo asked me why she heard laughter coming through the door. She asked, “is there a lot of laughter in counseling?” And sometimes, there is. I like to create a warm, welcoming, and nonjudgmental environment for clients. I will work hard to build our rapport and help you feel comfortable as we deal with uncomfortable concepts.
I want what’s best for my clients, even when I can’t give it to them. I think finding the right therapist is (unfortunately) a lot like dating. You’re looking for the right temperament and approach to fit your needs. I may not be your “cup of tea,” and if I’m not, we will find someone who is.
I am committed to working in your best interest.