If you've been through trauma, I've made understanding and helping people like you my life’s work. From our first meeting, I’ll strive to make you feel comfortable and trusted. I’ll try to “get” where you’re coming from, and I’ll check in with you about that. I’m also likely to ask you what kind of vibe you get from me because knowing that we “fit” is part of how I know we can be effective together.
Therapy with me will be challenging at times, but it will be worth it to get you into the life you want to live. We’ll do some talking at first, and I’ll want to make absolute certain you feel heard. When you’re ready, we’ll roll up our sleeves and get to work. This primarily means learning how your thoughts and behaviors contribute to your feelings and current situation. After living in despair for so long, many people are surprised to learn that they can make drastic changes in their lives by challenging their thought and behavior patterns. I’m not asking you to believe that today. Just give me a chance to see if I get you and if new ways of thinking or acting can make a tremendous difference in your life. My goal is for you to face life’s challenges without my support or intervention as quickly as possible. For some patients this only requires a few sessions. For others this may require more long-term involvement.
I am committed to evidence-based practice, which means relying on therapies based on the best research evidence as well as being sensitive to your personal situation. Where appropriate, I'll recommend evidence- based therapies for your particular issues. This means that we can usually expect timely improvement. Most of my patients successfully complete therapy in approximately 12 sessions, and my treatment success rate is 93%. If you’re someone who’s been through trauma, I use Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD. This means that if you’ve lived with PTSD for years, our work together is likely to yield recovery. If you’re a veteran, please know that I currently actively serve in the US military, and I’ve worked successfully with veterans at several VA hospitals. If you struggle with insomnia or chronic pain, I am also trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia as well as for Chronic Pain.
As to my credentials, I’m a licensed psychologist in the commonwealth of Virginia, and I am board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. Board certification is an advanced indication of expertise achieved by approximately only 7% of psychologists. You could say it means that I practice at a post-doctoral level. My PhD is from Fielding Graduate University, is in clinical psychology, was accredited by the American Psychological Association. My clinical internship was at the Biloxi and Mobile VAs and was accredited by the American Psychological Association. I also hold a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Mississippi State University. I began practicing psychology at the Master’s level in 2008 and at the Doctoral level in 2017. I am additionally a diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, certified in Trauma-Focused Therapy, and a Level 2 TEAM-CBT therapist.