Education and Training
I earned my Master of Social Work degree from The University of Michigan in 2007. I have a diverse clinical background, including working in Infant Mental Health as a home-based therapist, as well as interning as a cancer resource liaison for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and The University of Michigan Mott Children’s hospital.
I completed two years of post-graduate training at Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry Child and Adolescent clinic, where I gained considerable experience working with patients ages 4 through 18 with various diagnoses. During that time, I trained extensively in evidence-based therapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). My CBT work often utilizes Exposure-Response Prevention (ERP) techniques. I am a professional member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCD) as well as the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Currently, my practice focuses on working with older adolescents and adults who may suffer from social anxiety, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and specific phobias. About 60-70% of my caseload includes OCD and related disorders. Additionally, I enjoy helping young adults who are going through life transitions such as college, a new career, or starting a family. I pull from a combination of clinical as well as personal life experiences in order to connect with those I serve.
My clients would describe me as caring, validating, and kind. My style is professional yet relaxed, and I often incorporate humor when appropriate. When meeting with clients, I strive to create an atmosphere of acceptance, warmth, and compassion-hence the phrase "counseling with compassion".
I believe that therapy should be a collaborative effort between the therapist and client. The best results come from a willingness on the part of the client to engage with the therapist in working towards mental health goals. Motivation for change is therefore key in working together.