University of Maryland - MS, Family Studies
Master's Thesis: An Examination of a Typology of Intimate Partner Psychological Aggression Using the Multi-Dimensional Emotional Abuse Scale (MDEAS)
Tufts University - BA, Child Development
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Summa Cum Laude
Cum Laude Society
My work with couples and families started with a desire to help children. While I was on a path to becoming a child psychologist, I soon realized that the most effective way to help children was to improve the emotional environment in which they live. Helping their parents stay connected, loving and stable seem like the way I could most effectively improve children's lives.
I then attended an intense graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy. This program included live and videotaped supervision. While their feedback at times was very tough to take, it developed me as a therapist in a way nothing else could. I am so grateful for the quality of training I received.
During my graduate program, I participated in a research study examining couples' communication patterns and therapeutic interventions to reduce conflict and improve connection. The skills taught to couples in this study are frequently taught to my clients when communication concerns are primary.
After finishing graduate school, I worked with child survivors of sexual and physical abuse.
I then started my practice specializing in couples therapy in 2007.
In 2013, I moved my therapy office into the lower level of my residence that was designed specifically for this purpose. My hope is that this environment is welcoming and comfortable.
Many people are curious about their therapists, but therapists are cautioned against revealing personal information. Maintaining professional boundaries is important for the therapeutic relationship.
Here are some things I can share that I don't think will negatively affect boundaries and may even be helpful for you to know as we work together: