About Me

 

I was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. My training in psychology began at Duke University, where I majored in psychology as an undergraduate and graduated cum laude in 1987. At Duke, I gained valuable experience working with children in a day school and cancer patients at the Duke University Medical Center. After graduating from Duke, I worked for two years as a clinical educator at McLean Hospital, an internationally renowned psychiatric hospital in a suburb of Boston. At McLean, I worked with inpatient children and adolescents on educational and emotional issues, co-led cognitive therapy groups, and trained in cognitive and educational assessment. My graduate studies were undertaken at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where I earned an MA in psychology in 1992 and a PhD in clinical psychology in 1995. During this time, I ran a summer camp for developmentally impaired children in New Jersey, then moved to Washington, DC to work as Assistant Director for Child Development at The Kingsbury Day School, a primary school for children with learning disabilities.

After two years at Kingsbury, I completed my pre-doctoral psychology internship at the DC Commission on Mental Health in the child training track. Upon completion of my PhD, I returned to the Kingsbury Center (of which the school is part) as a staff psychologist, engaging in individual and group psychotherapy and performing cognitive, academic, and psychological assessments. In 1995, I also joined a group psychotherapy practice in Upper Marlboro, MD, and then transitioned into my own counseling and therapy practice in Washington, DC the following year. I continued to develop my psychotherapy practice while working in positions as Head Psychologist at Riverside Healthcare and Program Director at Sylvan Learning Systems, which was contracted to perform special education assessments for students in the DC Public Schools. I have also participated as adjunct faculty in several graduate psychology programs, focusing mainly on the topic of psychopathology. Currently, I work full-time in my individual, family, and group therapy practice, where I participate regularly in continuing education activities and actively engage in a peer supervision group (maintaining client confidentiality), while I continue teaching psychology to graduate students part-time.