Get to Know Me

I believe wholeheartedly in the transformative impact of connection, support, and acceptance. I've seen firsthand the growth and empowerment that can come from finally seeing oneself or a loved one as a whole, lovable, and worthy individual. I've also seen clearly the pain and disconnection that can be born from the fears and hurt that life and trauma can instill. With collaboration and determination, I believe we can all grow into the people we wish to be, and that we can regain control of our lives.

I knew early on that I wanted to be a psychologist, to partner with people of all ages as they walk through the challenges that life is sure to bring. My training has taken me to a variety of settings, including community mental health, inpatient psychiatric units, and private practices across the country. Interpersonal trauma has been an emphasis of mine in both clinical work and research, and I'm passionate about helping families and couples reconnect with one another, and individuals reconnect with themselves.

Should you choose for us to work together, I will be honored to join you in this process.

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Licensure & Certifications

CA Licensed Psychologist (PSY32783)

MD Licensed Psychologist (06756)

Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) under the PSYPACT Commission.
E.Passport Mobility # 11295

Under PSYPACT, I am able to meet virtually with individuals in the following states:
AL AZ AR CO DE DC GA ID IL IN KS KY ME MN MO NE NV NH NJ NC OH OK PA TN TX UT VA WA WV WI

For more information about PSYPACT, click here.

Certifications

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional | Evergreen Certifications

 

My Approach to Therapy

PARTNERING WITH YOU IN YOUR PROCESS

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My approach to therapy is primarily informed by attachment-based and psychodynamic/object-relations theories, which posit that our experiences and relationships influence the way we view (and what we expect from) ourselves, others in our lives, and the world at large. These influences tend to manifest within our relationships and behaviors, and they are likely to show up within our belief systems. In our work together, we can dive into these patterns to uncover the messages you've internalized, identify the experiences that have led to these beliefs, and understand the impact they continue to have on your daily wellbeing. I value using a self-compassionate lens when building greater self-understanding, as our relational and behavioral patterns were often protective and adaptive at the time they were created. It's just that sometimes.. they don't serve us as well as they used to. 


You are the expert on your life. I strive to honor your expertise in our work together, to meet you where you are, and to collaborate with you to help you get to where you want to go. My hope is to join with you and empower you to reshape and rework the patterns in your life that may no longer be serving you well. 


My training in a variety of therapeutic modalities and treatments allows me to tailor my approach to fit your or your child's current needs, as well as your unique strengths and concerns.

 

Education & Training

Education
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. - University of North Texas

Psychology M.S. - University of North Texas

Psychology B.A. (summa cum laude) - San Diego State University

Post Doctoral Training & Early Career Experience

Synergy Psychological Inc. | Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles-based private practice focusing on therapy and assessment with children, adolescents, and adults. Emphasis on neurodivergence (e.g., ADHD, Autism).

Pre-Doctoral Internship

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center | New Orleans, LA

Training and clinical emphasis on trauma, culturally sensitive and responsive treatment, and community-based care. Position focused on therapy with children, adolescents, and families in a community mental health center, adults in psychiatric inpatient units, and survivors of physical/medical trauma in a hospital setting. Infant mental health focus included training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).

Doctoral Training

Assessment Clinician | UNT Psychology Clinic | Denton, TX
Contracted assessment position with local psychiatric hospital, focusing on differential diagnosis assessment for in-patient military unit.

Neuropsychological Assessment Extern | Neuropsychology Consultants | McKinney, TX

Neuropsychological assessments focusing on a range of diagnostic questions, including attentional difficulty, learning disorders, memory, Autism, and mood disorders.

Trauma Therapy Extern | Denton County Friends of the Family | Corinth, TX
Psychotherapy in individual and group settings at a nonprofit outreach agency for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, as well as group therapy for perpetrators of domestic violence. Included crisis counseling at the agency and working as an agency advocate on hospital visitations to provide support and resources for survivors of recent sexual assault. Individual therapy included play therapy (children), activity therapy (adolescents), and talk therapy (adolescents + adults).

Psychotherapy Clinician | UNT Psychology Clinic | Denton, TX

Individual therapy for adolescents and adults, with an emphasis on object relations/psychodynamic and attachment-based approaches. Therapy included focus on trauma, neglect, anxiety, depression,  relationship difficulties, grief, and loss.

Neuropsychological Assessment Clinician | UNT Psychology Clinic | Denton, TX
Neuropsychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults, focusing on learning, mood, and attentional disorders.

Social Skills Group Volunteer | United Through H.O.P.E. | Denton, TX
Groups for school-age and younger children, supporting the development of social skills, leadership skills, and play skills.