Thank you for your interest in me and my practice. I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families in a wide array of mental health settings. I graduated from William and Mary with my bachelor’s degree in 2004 and went on to Graduate School at William James College in Boston. I graduated with a Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D) in 2008 and began working in an outpatient setting as a therapist for young children, adolescents and college students in the Boston suburbs for a year. In 2009, I accepted a position as the staff psychologist for an inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit in Providence, RI and later became an Assistant Professor at Brown University. With a strong desire to live closer to family, I made the decision to leave Rhode Island and was recruited by Vanderbilt to open the first primary mental health Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program in Middle Tennessee, in 2013. Currently, I maintain a Faculty appointment at Vanderbilt and work as a therapist at Harpeth Hall.
I draw on multiple modalities in my therapeutic work including, but not limited to, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and person-centered approaches. I feel that the success of therapy depends first and foremost on the fit of the therapist for the individual and with teens and young adults this is especially important. I strive to be authentic and warm in all of my interactions and adjust my approach according to the patient’s needs. I also tend to take a more active approach in my therapy because I feel this style works better with adolescents in particular.