About Me

I have a PhD in psychology and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Maryland.  I have also been certified in clinical hypnosis, have advanced training in the treatment of trauma with EMDR, and I am trained in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS) (I describe these in more detail here). I live and work in Baltimore City and bring to my practice a broad range of experiences fromIMG_1566 raising my own family and helping women give birth as a doula, to providing therapy to clients as they struggle with depression, anxiety, physical and emotional traumatic injury, and drug addiction. At Sheppard Pratt Hospital I worked with adolescents in residential treatment and at Johns Hopkins with adults in a partial hospitalization program as they struggled with the emotional and physical ravages of drug addiction. At the University of Maryland Medical Center-Midtown Campus, I work in a clinic with individuals, many from the inner city where the campus is located, with a wide range of problems including health-related issues, job and family issues, addictions, and trauma and dissociation.

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Heron at Patterson Park

One of my guiding principles is that no two people are alike.  Each person has a unique way of viewing the world, a unique set circumstances, and a unique way of healing, and so each deserves a unique treatment approach. While one client may need to simply talk through problems, another may need a more solution-focused approach. Some clients may need help learning relaxation skills and yet others may be looking for strategies to help overcome depression, addiction, phobias, or  traumatic memories that have plagued them for years.

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I have learned through the years that what really counts is the here and the now — the past is over and the future is not here. Even so, as you move forward in your life’s journey, you may feel weighted down by the past or just plan stuck. Knowing how to move forward or what to take with you and what to leave behind can seem a daunting task making the future look bleak or just too hard.

A Personal Touch

First and foremost, though, I am a friend, mother, grandmother.  I am also a cook, musician, and an artist and attempt to live my life to the fullest.  One of my passions is photography and on this site you will see many of my photographs.  Below are more of my photographs.