I focus on creating a safe space in therapy where clients can explore, learn, grow, and discover what works best for them.
Psychologist in Ellicott City, MD
Depression is such a common problem, yet it is so frequently misunderstood. Truthfully, depression is not a single issue; there are many different causes, and the symptoms can differ quite dramatically between people. Thankfully, there are many different treatments for depression. I have training in several of these treatments, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression (IPT).
Social anxiety disorder (also known as social phobia) is one of the most commonly occurring psychological disorders, but somehow, it tends to be overlooked and under-diagnosed. People with social anxiety disorder often suffer in silence, and the nature of the social phobia makes it especially difficult to reach out for help. I have worked with many individuals with social anxiety disorder both in individual and group formats.
Many different therapies fall under the CBT umbrella, and I have training in many of these therapies. I often use CBT theory and principles in treating depression and anxiety disorders. Moreover, I have taught a graduate course on CBT. Some specific CBT therapies in which I have training are Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Much of my work is psychodynamic in nature. The term psychodynamic is broad and can mean different things to different people; in my case, it means that in therapy I may help a client explore recurring patterns in life (especially in relationships) and connect current problems to past experiences. Additionally, I may help a client identify and process their emotions, including exploration of any attempts to avoid emotions.
If you are struggling with anxiety, you are not alone: anxiety disorders are the most commonly occurring group of disorders. There are many options for treating anxiety, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies (CBT), acceptance-based approaches, exposure therapies, mindfulness-based approaches, and interpersonal approaches; I have training and experience in each of these forms of therapy. If you are struggling with anxiety, we can work together to figure out what might work best for you.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a time-limited, evidence-based treatment for depression. Despite its proven effectiveness, the therapy tends to be underutilized. Although training opportunities for IPT are limited, I was fortunate enough to receive thorough training in IPT. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are interested in learning more about IPT!
Social connection is a core human need. Despite their importance, however, interpersonal relationships can be difficult. Experiencing difficulty in relationships not only can be painful in-and-of-itself but can also contribute to other physical and psychological health problems, such as depression. The good news is that there are options for working on your relationships, and as your relationships improve, you will likely start to feel better!