When we have suffered a traumatic experience, we feel broken and believe our safe, comfortable world has been shattered forever. The event does alter our world, but we are not broken…we are survivors. As survivors, we carry a kernel of hope inside us that, when properly nurtured, can lead us to find new strength within ourselves to transform tragedy into positive, personal growth. Although our perception of the world has changed around us, we can cultivate the skills we need to meet the challenges of this new world.
You hold the key to this transformation. As your therapist, my job is to help guide you to the answers you already have inside you, no matter the trauma…childhood abuse, military, first responder, civilian, sexual assault, etc., you can become the very best version of yourself and take charge of your own future.
I have worked for many years as a board certified chaplain in trauma for major academic medical centers including Johns Hopkins. I have a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling from Loyola University Maryland with internships at Fort Meade, Reid Temple, and professional experience with first responders suffering from PTSD. I am a License Graduate Professional Counselor in Maryland, and I have a client-centered, eclectic approach backed-up with evidence-based best practices such as trauma-informed narrative therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. I am LGBTQA+ friendly, and comfortable with all religious expressions or personal spiritualities, if you wish these elements to be included in your therapy.
I am also a certified administrator for several psychological assessments, including the NEO and the ASPIRES. The NEO is a scientific, evidence-based personality inventory that more accurately indicates one’s individual personality traits. The results of the NEO can indicate your unique strengths as well as the specific areas that might improve your personal and interpersonal well-being through therapy. The ASPIRES draws on the same scientific principles as the NEO for an evidence-based assessment of personal spirituality. It measures how we make meaning in our own lives. Regardless of our participation in any particular organized religious affiliation or personal beliefs, we still utilize a unique numinous system to find meaning, connection, and purpose in our lives and the ASPIRES can provide direction to improve our experience of personal fulfillment.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, I have lived in the Baltimore-Washington corridor since 1994. I enjoy traveling and meeting people from different cultures. Most of my writing has been professionally oriented, but I have some creative projects as well.
Fee for Initial Consultation: $195
Fee for Follow Up Sessions: $170
Fee for NEO or ASPIRES assessment: $200
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Available for in-person and virtual sessions