M.Ed, LPC, NCC, CMHC, ACS
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.