I believe every individual is unique and possesses the strength and wisdom to overcome challenges or heal from difficult situations. My goal is to provide a safe, respectful, compassionate and non-judgmental place in which to collaboratively explore obstacles and identify solutions that will help you start the healing process and bring about a sense of peace. I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor and work primarily with adults, couples, families and groups. I welcome the opportunity to meet with you to
determine if I may have the privilege of walking alongside you on your journey towards well-being. I received my M.S. in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. My experiences in outpatient clinics, residential substance abuse facilities, and providing pro bono services in the community (hospice, churches) have given me diverse experiences in addressing a wide variety of life transitions, relationship issues, mental health concerns and addiction issues. My specialties include anxiety, depression, addiction, grief/loss, life transitions, relationship issues, spirituality and stress management. I understand the disease of addiction and how it can impact the individual, family and friends. I have experience working with individuals to develop relapse prevention plans and engage with local recovery resources.
I received my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. My professional experiences at the Pennsylvania Counseling Service, Salvation Army Family Services, and the Kapi’olani Child Protection Center (in Hawaii) included working with families and individuals within these families who find that they need additional support in accepting one another and in helping to reach their shared and personal goals. Understanding each family’s culture, structure, values and hopes during caregiver-child, individual, sibling, family or parenting sessions may help to identify the most effective way of respectfully and mindfully relating to one another. While my therapeutic approach is influenced greatly by the needs and communication style of each client, I believe that creating and maintaining a safe and empathic space is the most important step in moving away from feeling stuck and taking an active role in the process of healing. I provide psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families in English and Russian.