My passion is empowering individuals to live more satisfying lives.
AREAS OF SPECIALTY:
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Anxiety Disorders: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Specific Phobias
I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Prolonged Exposure Therapist who provides counseling and psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, and couples at my private practice in the Rittenhouse Square area of Center City Philadelphia.
My passion is empowering individuals to live more satisfying lives. I do this by helping my clients to look at their relationships, choices, and life in different ways, make sense of difficult past experiences, and acquire the tools and skills needed to realize their personal potential.
I primarily use cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches to therapy; however, I believe that therapy is most effective when tailored to meet the needs, strengths, and goals of each client, so I make use of various therapeutic techniques in order to most effectively help each client make meaningful, positive changes in their lives. Sessions often involve us working collaboratively together to help you gain insight into your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and learn healthy coping skills to modify maladaptive patterns.
I specialize in providing evidence-based therapies for anxiety disorders and related conditions, including social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, OCD, and PTSD. I have advanced, specialized training in Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy for OCD and Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD. Research has shown these therapies to be among the most effective forms of treatment for these often debilitating disorders.
Additionally, I have had the privilege of working with many clients who have experienced significant benefits from participating in these specialized therapies and have expressed relief about having finally found a specific form of therapy, that goes beyond traditional talk therapy, that is especially helpful for them.
My interactive approach to therapy will challenge you to actively pursue change while compassionately understanding how difficult the change process can be. We will match the pace of therapy to where you are and what you feel ready to implement in your life.
My belief is that a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship is an essential component for therapy to be beneficial. This is why I offer a free, no obligation phone consultation to help you decide if I’m the right therapist for you. Contact me today to schedule your free 20-minute phone consultation.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania (License #PC009694). I hold a master's degree in Professional Clinical Counseling from La Salle University and a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Art History from Washington University in St. Louis.
After completing intensive training and supervision from the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania, I became certified as a Prolonged Exposure Therapist. I am also a Professional Member of both the American Counseling Association and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Before starting my private practice, I worked in various mental health settings serving clients with diverse backgrounds. Previous work settings include a community mental health agency, an intensive outpatient program, and an addiction treatment center.
I am passionate about learning new ways of helping my clients and am always eager to strengthen my clinical expertise. Over the past five years I have attended many professional clinical trainings, including:
Interoceptive Exposure for OCD: An Underused Weapon in the Arsenal Against Obsessions and Compulsions
Treatment Resistant Anxiety and Depression: Integrating ACT, DBT, and Exposure Therapy to Raise Emotion Efficacy
Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Intensive Workshop at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania
Advanced Prolonged Exposure Therapy Skills Workshops
Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Workshop at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Related Conditions
Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy's Core I Depression and Suicidality Workshop
Clinical Applications of ACT vs. CBT: Developing a New Relationship with Thoughts and Emotions
Brief Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (bMBSR) Program
The Social Lives of Anxious Youth: Effective Treatment for Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, and Peer Relationship Difficulties
Knowing How Much to Help and How Much to Push: Family Factors in Childhood Anxiety Treatment