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. Additionally, I am Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) informed and find this modality to be especially beneficial to my anxiety and OCD clients. I am a proud professional member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCD) as well as the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and attend yearly conferences for OCD training to stay up to date on the most helpful approaches for my clients. OCD themes I have familiarity with treating include:

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Currently, my practice focuses on working with adults ages 18 and up who may suffer from social anxiety, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and specific phobias. About 80% 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.

  • Relationship OCD

  • Contamination OCD

  • Just Right or Perfectionistic OCD

  • Harm OCD

  • Sexual Orientation OCD

  • Existential OCD

  • Moral Scrupulosity OCD

  • Hyperawareness OCD

  • Postpartum OCD

My Approach

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.