ABOUT ME

I am a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist licensed in the state of Virginia. I have over 30 years of experience working in the mental health field and have experience in helping people work through a variety of mental health difficulties.  I utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities including mindfulness-based therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems Therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.

Over the past 10 years, I worked at the Veterans Health Administration hospital in Richmond, Virginia providing mental health outpatient services. While at the VA hospital, I provided outpatient crisis counseling as well as services in an outpatient chronic pain clinic. In the pain clinic, I provided psychotherapy as well as training veterans in skills (mindfulness meditation, qigong, biofeedback, and anti-inflammatory diet) to help manage chronic pain.

Prior to my work at the Veterans Administration, I worked in community mental health for over 20 years in a variety of settings including addiction and crisis counseling. I developed and was the director of the Wellness Recovery Center, a program of Region Ten Community Services Board in Charlottesville, VA. This is a residential crisis stabilization program for adults experiencing an acute mental health crisis. The program is a trauma-informed, person-centered, recovery-based program that offers support in a safe, comfortable, peaceful, home-like environment.

I am also certified in the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) auricular (ear) acupuncture technique known as “acudetox”. I am also a certified trainer of this technique. This is a simple application of acupuncture using ear points that helps to calm the nervous system and is helpful with treating addiction and trauma. 

I see psychotherapy as a joint collaboration between therapist and client and strive to empower each client in their journey of inner exploration, mental, spiritual, and physical healing. I strive to create a safe and trusting environment that is conducive to insightful awareness and positive change. Throughout therapy, I will help you find your inner strength in order to formulate goals and help you make the positive changes that you would like to see.

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety, stress management
  • Anger management
  • Trauma
  • Addiction
  • Grief

Also experienced in Chronic Pain, Intimacy-related issues, psycho-spiritual crisis, and life transitions

 

Currently, considering the pandemic we are living with, my practice consists of tele-health or online video counseling only. I will transition my practice when it is safe to begin face to face counseling.