"You cannot find peace by avoiding life."

              - Virginia Woolf

 

About Me

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.

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Specializing in Anxiety Disorders, Trauma, and Adjustment Disorder

Generalized Anxiety & Social Anxiety
Trauma and Complex Trauma
Adjustment Disorder
Medical Phobias
Acute and Chronic Illnesses
Healthcare Provider Stress and Anxiety