I specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders, trauma, and adjustment disorder. Specifically, I work with adults and adolescents who are experiencing generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder, medical phobias, PTSD, C-PTSD, and anxiety caused by circumstances, such as acute or chronic illness, physical injury, life transition, loss, relationship difficulties, and ongoing social isolation. Since chronic anxiety often leads to depressive symptoms, I treat that as well.
In a warm and supportive therapeutic setting, I help clients safely process their emotions and experiences and learn practical, strengths-based coping strategies and specific techniques for symptom management and reduction. I use evidence-based therapies to assist clients in identifying behavioral patterns and belief systems that keep them feeling stuck, frustrated, and unsettled.
I am particularly experienced in and adept at working with the following populations:
Clients of all ages who are struggling to cope with an acute, chronic, or terminal illness or physical injury -- whether it is their own or that of someone important in their lives
Healthcare professionals who experience work-related anxiety and distress
College and graduate students as well as young adults with anxiety, social anxiety, adjustment issues, perfectionism, procrastination, and lack of motivation
Women with Complex PTSD and trauma
Adults who feel stuck in unhealthy behavioral patterns and relationships
In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, I am a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) and a Certified Trauma Practitioner (CTP). In my 25 years of clinical experience, I have worked and volunteered in numerous settings, such as major medical centers, primary care practices, oncology clinics, universities, corporate entities, hospice, public and private schools, and several nonprofit organizations. I earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from East Carolina University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Meredith College, and spent eight years completing extensive post-Master’s training at Harvard University, Albany Medical College, and James Madison University – primarily in the areas of Illness-Related Therapy, Neuroscience-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma-Informed Therapy.