My intent is to help you feel seen, integrated, and aligned with the values that make your life worth living.
After completing my graduate studies and receiving my clinical licensure in 2000, I worked in various inpatient and outpatient mental health settings such as the Children's Assessment Center, the Council on Recovery, and the University of Pittsburgh's Intensive Outpatient OCD program. Most recently, I worked for several years at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas.
My areas of expertise include trauma, anxiety, personality disorders and dual diagnosis. I am grounded in the psychodynamic framework, which explores how thoughts and feelings outside our conscious awareness impact our lives. I place emphasis on relationship and the quality of the alliance that we build together.
Clinical interests include working with integration of the mind/body, working with young adults, and helping people who feel stuck by feelings of shame and alienation. I also provide clinical services in Spanish.
Specialized training and certifications include mindfulness-based approaches such as ACT and self-compassion, as well as exposure therapy for OCD. I have completed two years of post-graduate training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center and am a candidate for Studies in Adult Psychoanalysis at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston.
I hold accreditation as a Certified Group Psychotherapist and serve on the board of the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society. Contributing to the training of future clinicians as a clinical supervisor and adjunct faculty at the University of Houston's Graduate School of Social Work is another area of passion.
I am a certified yoga instructor and founded THRIVE, a Trauma-Informed yoga program which offers yoga classes and consultation services for yoga teachers and clinicians. I have training in trauma-sensitive Yoga from the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts. My intent is to help people establish a trusting relationship with their bodies.