I am a licensed clinical psychologist with experience working with adults, teens, and young children and their caregivers. Generally speaking, clients have come to me with difficulties including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship and/or identity problems, behavioral concerns, and sometimes a more vague sense that something “feels off.” I have been trained to provide a range of treatments, from brief solution-focused therapy to address a specific concern to long term insight-oriented treatment. No matter the type or length of therapy, I emphasize genuineness, warmth, and safety since I believe that meaningful treatment is based on a relationship of mutual trust and respect.
If you are taking this first step and looking into treatment, you see areas of your life that you would like to change. I see psychotherapy not only as a means to decrease your suffering and improve your life, but also as a way to explore and get to know yourself. In therapy, we work together to understand your unique life situation. Together we will also come up with a plan to help you move past what holds you back and ultimately help you develop a personally meaningful life.
Prior to moving to Washington and obtaining my Psychologist License, I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology and completed my predoctoral and postdoctoral residency at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. My training has focused on providing effective and meaningful assessment and therapy to a diverse population of adults and adolescents in hospitals, specialty clinics, and schools. Additionally, I completed specialized training at LSU HSC’s Harris Center for Infant Mental Health allowing me a unique perspective from which to help children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.
What to expect at our appointments:
The first appointment is usually 50-60 minutes. During this time we will discuss what brings you into the office, your history, and together develop a plan for treatment. This visit can be difficult since we have never met and you may feel uncomfortable discussing certain things with a stranger. We work within your comfort level and our main goal at this session is introductions and a plan for moving forward.
Future appointments will likely be between 30-50 minutes. The frequency of these appointments will be based on our treatment plan, your schedule, and will likely change as treatment progresses. These sessions may vary from being planned and structured to being open-ended and guided by you. Again, this is something we discuss and may change or vary appointment to appointment. Throughout all of these appointments, I will work to encourage open discussion of treatment, how you see your progress, and changes we can make to further your success.
Psychological care typically takes place in face-to-face appointments. Given schedule flexibility, we may be able to accommodate same day appointments. Please be aware:
· Shifa Health staff do not provide emergency after hours support.
· Voicemail messages are generally returned within 24-72 hours depending on provider availability.
· If you need immediate attention for your own or someone else’s safety and/or are having thoughts about harming yourself or someone else please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
· If you feel you need to talk to someone please call the Crisis Hotline at no charge at 206-461-3222. You can also call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get help if you or someone you know is thinking about suicide.