Deciding to seek help from a therapist can be complicated. Often the decision to do so is made reluctantly, after many unsuccessful attempts at managing difficulty on one’s own. Perhaps you are ambivalent about trying therapy because it is not clear what therapy really is or how it can help. I get that. I hope to demystify and simplify the therapy process to the extent possible.
I focus on the impact that thoughts have on feelings and behaviors, on ways of managing relationships, on trying to "be with" and even accept unpleasant thoughts and feelings, on learning to attend to the present moment, and on the ways in which current difficulties may stem from earlier experiences.
My website provides you with a better understanding of who I am as a person and as a professional. The fact that you have found your way to my web site suggests you are going through a rough patch. Whether we end up working together or whether you seek help elsewhere, best of luck on your journey towards enhanced health and well-being!
I have a special interest in humor personally and professionally. I am interested in the intersection between humor and well-being. In graduate school my dissertation was titled Humor in relation to anxiety, depression & stress for college students. I am often asked to present on the Psychological Benefit of Humor, I incorporate humor into my clinical work when appropriate, and I have served as an Ad Hoc Editorial Consultant for HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research.
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, 2006, New Mexico State University (accredited by the American Psychological Association)
M.A., Counseling Psychology, 2001, Marist College
B.S., Human Development and Family Studies, 1998, University of Rhode Island
Predoctoral Internship, 2005-2006, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Counseling & Student Development Center, Honolulu, HI (accredited by the American Psychological Association)
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006-2007, Boston College, University Counseling Services