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 path to helping couples and families began with wanting to become a child psychologist. Once I learned about family systems theory, I realized that a more effective way to help children was to help the emotional environment in which they live.
I realized that helping children's parents would be the best way I could help improve children's lives.
I then attended an intense graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy. We videotaped all of our appointments, which we would then show to supervisors. Their feedback at times was very tough to take, but 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.
After graduate school, I worked with child survivors of sexual and physical abuse. I started my practice specializing in couples therapy in 2007.
In 2013, I built a home that could house my therapy office in the lower level. My hope is that this environment is welcoming and comfortable.
Many people are curious about their therapists, but therapists are taught about the importance of professional boundaries and are cautioned against revealing personal information.
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: