About My Clients
If you or your child are struggling with intrusive thoughts, anxiety, low mood, or repetitive actions/behaviors that are distressing or disrupting, I would be honored to work with your family to learn effective, evidence-based skills to combat fear and negative thoughts. I strongly believe in the benefit of a compassionate, non-biased therapeutic relationship on therapeutic outcomes. Finding the right therapist is important, so I offer free phone consultations to answer any questions you have.
My Background and Approach
I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Clinical Psychology, with a focus on child/pediatrics. My specialty is in anxiety, phobias, and OCD, but I also work with a variety of other mental health issues, including depression, tics, hair pulling, and skin picking behaviors. I have extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Exposure Response Prevention (CBT/E/RP), Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBiT), and Habit Reversal Training (HRT) for body-focused repetitive behaviors. These are the evidence-based therapies for OCD, anxiety, and tic spectrum disorders.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I strongly believe in the importance of educating patients on the knowledge and skills that empirical research show work to beat fear and OCD, and I am committed to continuously informing my clinical practice with up-to-date research on evidenced-based treatments. I believe in the importance of self-confidence and self-efficacy in patients to use the skills we’ll learn together to overcome fears and negative cognitions. After all, YOU are the expert in YOU! Lastly, and most importantly, I strongly value non-biased compassion, empathy, and a strong therapeutic bond. Fear, anxiety, low mood, and interpersonal problems all occur in the unique context of each patient’s life, and are often affected by culture, family, race/ethnicity, school/work, and religion. It is our honor to get to know our patients lives and creatively work with them to find strategies that fit within their unique lives.