I have worked as a clinician for an outpatient eating disorder clinic since 2006. I specialize in treating adult and teen clients in my private practice, who are working on issues related to eating, anxiety, mood instability, trauma, self-harm, and/or suicidal ideation.
I have an eclectic approach to therapy that incorporates research-based treatments, as well as other approaches that target the best fit and goals for the client. I believe in utilizing humor in my treatment while building a deep understanding of a client's need to be heard.
I enjoy helping to guide each client in her or his own best path. I value working with people from diverse backgrounds, including those with cultural, religious, sexual orientation or gender questioning/fluid identities.
I graduated from the University of Miami with a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a specialty in Health in 2006. Since 2002, I have worked in hospital and clinical settings. In addition to my clinical training, I have conducted research on trauma and mind/body connection.
Specializing in Anxiety, Eating Issues,
Mood and Trauma Treatment
Anxiety may be a problem when your thoughts can't "turn off" or you feel rushed and on edge a lot of the time. There are research-based treatments, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), that work to help you deal with and reduce the anxiety. In therapy, we may work on ways to notice and reduce your negative thoughts and beliefs that contribute to anxiety. Moreover, we may also work on ways to increase self-care and relaxation in your life. Everyone needs more of that!
The effect that trauma has on your life is important to address in therapy. In treatment, we may first work on ways to cope with everyday issues using skills to help you feel more grounded and safe. We may incorporate skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) into treatment along with other grounding techniques like meditation or body awareness. Where applicable and when you are ready, we may be able to do trauma treatments like Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). We would work together to find what works best for you.
If you have obsessive or overwhelming thoughts about your body and weight or think about food a lot and are tired of the "diet" then you may need help with food and/or body issues. We may work on eating disorder symptoms, distorted body image and food rules that get in the way of your life. We may also work on incorporating intuitive and mindful eating into your meals.
Depression and mood issues can be lessened through therapy working on building skills and insight into the problem. We can use a variety of tools from CBT, DBT and other modalities to help improve mood and stability in your life. We would work togther to find a solution that works for your life.
I am able to provide a variety of therapeutic services for teens and adults including individual, couples and some forms of family therapy. Please contact me to discuss your options.
I can provide consulting services for businesses looking for classes, workshops, and employee education on a variety of topics like stress reduction, food and body health, mental health and work/life balance. I also can provide assistance with seminars and speaking engagements.