My approach in combating mental health dis-ease draws from an evidence-based scientific foundation to include: psychology, neuroscience, exercise physiology, nutrition, andcultivating communities. I believe a wholistic approach is most effective, as it invites change to be experienced within your own person; thereby allowing you to have personal measurement regarding your progress in healing; which can often feel like a confusing ebb and flow of emotions. As this is an individual journey, we will cover a wide array of tools and techniques that you can begin to use to help alleviate the pain and discouragement of mental health illness. Having a variety of options to use is important, as some things may be more effective than others given the situation(s) and needs of the parties involved. I enjoy working with young adults, adults, couples and families, and also am a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. An example of a wholistic outline may include some of the following:

Wellness Counseling (Body, Mind, Spirit) Mind

  • Cognitive Distortions

  • Beliefs Behind the Behavior

  • Meditation Instruction – Individual & Groups Body

  • Raw Food & Drink Nutritional Counseling

  • Lymphatic Exercise Classes – Individual & Groups

  • Restoring Gut Health – Detox & Elimination Spirit

  • Conscious Breathing Classes – Individual & Group

  • Molecules of Emotion

  • Visualization & Goals

My experience and specialties focus on self-control (the ability to regulate thoughts and emotions) and grit (perseverance and sustained interest toward goals) and how these characteristics influence academic and professional achievement. Treatments vary and include stress reduction, parenting, dealing with life transitions, adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, work issues, abuse, trauma and LGBT concerns. 

Treating children is a special interest of mine and I work closely with schools, psychiatrists and physicians, making sure everyone is on the "same page" with treatment.  My specialty areas focused with children and adolescents are parenting, child custody issues, depression,  anxiety, school issues, bullying and physical and emotional abuse.  

I believe that our mind and body are closely integrated, and greater awareness and understanding of the mind-body connection can help a person more effectively cope with their daily concerns. I often encourage mind-body practices into the healing and growth process. This past Spring, I completed courses with UPENN's Masters of Applied Positive Psychology Program to work with Martin Seligman, Ph.D.

I have Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from the George Washington University. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor in both the State of Virginia and the District of Columbia. I am also a Certified Mental Health Counselor (CMHC), that works with military personnel and their families. I am certified as a Accredited Clinical Supervisor (ACS) as well.

I have been working in Northern Virginia for the past 15 years and have worked with the Alexandria City, Fairfax and Prince William County School Systems and all County Government Mental Health Centers. I have a contract to work with Fairfax-Falls Church Community Policy and Management (CPMT) to provide therapeutic support to County Agencies as well as County Schools. I have been a board member of the Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counseling group and am currently a member of the Alexandria VA Chamber of Commerce.

 I recently graduated from The George Washington University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My undergraduate degree is in Psychology with an emphasis in Family Studies from James Madison University. I have experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families with a variety of concerns from depression, social and behavioral issues, career exploration, and grief. Additionally, I have experience facilitating child, adolescent, and family groups.

I believe in a blended therapeutic approach of Cognitive Behavioral and Choice therapy techniques that emphasizes the aspects clients wish to change in their lives and focuses on the steps to get them there. While change can only happen in the present, I do believe past experiences influence our current ways of being and are relevant to the understanding of our problems. I believe the counseling relationship is a collaborative partnership between the counselor and client that provides a positive environment to work towards treatment goals.

I have over 20 years of experience working in the Mental Health field. The one thing I tell my clients is," life is about change".  Those changes, whatever they may be, situational, behavioral, and emotional , can cause anxiety, depression, grief, and a sense of feeling out of control of one's life.   I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)  and EMDR (trauma) to help individuals get back on track with their lives.  I work with individual, married couples, and children.  I also work with families who have a member addicted to drugs and alcohol, or have a mental illness.  I  have administered testing for ADD, Depression, Anxiety, and the MMPI-2 and MMPI-RF.

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