Welcome to my practice of psychology! I am a clinical psychologist and the first mental health provider in Ohio to achieve Level 4 Certification in TEAM-CBT. TEAM-CBT is a measurement-based, data-driven form of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy (CBT) that relies on a strong relationship between the therapist and client/patient. One major benefit of this approach is giving a lot of attention to motivation for change and resistance to change. This is an active approach to therapy, best suited for those who are willing to work hard toward their own recovery.
I work with children, adolescents, and women to help them recover from depression and various forms of anxiety. Although much of my work involves assisting people with clinical diagnoses such as Major Depression and Anxiety Disorders, some of it involves helping people who struggle to maintain positive self-esteem and a sense of joy about life. Psychological problems and mental health concerns take place in the context of all the other activities, commitments, challenges, and joys of a person’s life. In addition to addressing mental health concerns, I enjoy helping people resolve relationship problems, identity concerns, major life transitions, grief and loss, and other challenges that affect mental health.
Prior to joining Chrysalis, I worked with women and adolescent girls at the Women’s Health Center of the Cleveland Clinic Wooster Family Health Center. My work in women’s mental health has addressed depression, anxiety, worry and panic, mood swings, relationship problems, work or school problems, perinatal/postpartum mood and anxiety problems, infant loss and death of a child, identity concerns, procrastination, and perfectionism.
According to the scientist-practitioner model in which I was trained, I strive to integrate research with practice by providing empirically based care. My undergraduate and dissertation research has been published in the peer-reviewed professional journals The Journal of Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences, Sex Roles, Addictive Behaviors, Behavior Therapy, and Health Education Research.
In addition to achieving Level 4 of TEAM-CBT Certification through the Feeling Good Institute, I earned a certificate in College Counseling from the American College Counseling Association. Consistent with the TEAM-CBT approach, I often challenge clients to work hard to face their fears or overcome hopelessness. I strive to do so in a way that is warm, encouraging and supportive. With my training and your hard work in therapy, we can collaborate to help you live a happier and more meaningful life.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Ohio Board of Psychology, 2000
Psychology Internship, Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, 1997
Ph.D. (Psychology) DePaul University, Clinical and Community Psychology, 1997
Clinical Training, University of Chicago, Center for Cognitive Therapy, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
B.A., Kenyon College, Psychology, magna cum laude, Award of Distinction for Senior Thesis, Departmental Award: The Psychology Prize, 1992
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