We all face challenges in navigating our way through life in pursuit of the ultimate goal- to live a meaningful, balanced, and happy life and to share it with those we love. As is part of life, there exists an endless array of obstacles that can obstruct the path toward this goal. These may include trauma, failure/disappointment, negative thought patterns, emotion dysregulation, fear/anxiety, problematic relationships and skills deficits. We often try to solve these problems and wind up pursuing solutions that keep us in repetitive, unproductive patterns or may even make things worse.
Through an active, collaborative partnership, my role is to help you identify what is getting in the way of your path toward emotional, physical and spiritual balance and work with you to establish and implement a plan that will target these barriers, effectively clearing the path for forward movement. As my part of the partnership, I bring clinical expertise, experience, and evidenced based treatment approaches all wrapped within a compassionate, personable and empathetic style.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Florida. Originally from Ohio, I moved to South Florida to pursue my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. While completing my graduate education, I received specialized trauma training through the Trauma Resolution and Integration Program, founded and directed by internationally -renowned trauma expert, Dr. Steven Gold. With this comprehensive trauma training, I have established experience and skillin treating both PTSD and complex trauma.
My clinical background is diverse, having functioned as a mental health provider in many different settings including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and outpatient levels of care. I have been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) from Dr. Marsha Linehan's Behaivoral Tech Institute. DBT is an evidenced based treatment for those struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder, chronic suicidality, self-harm, mood disorders, childhood trauma, substance abuse and eating disorders.
Individual therapy typically takes the form of weekly hour long one-on-one sessions; however, the frequency and duration can be customized based on needs and treatment goals.
I am not in network with any insurance providers; however, I do provide the necessary documentation to pursue out of network reimbursement. You can check with your insurance provider to determine what type of out of network benefits are included in your policy.
Telehealth (video session) is a great option for those that travel frequently, do not live locally or for other reasons are not able to meet in person. There may be some restrictions based on State of residence.
The DBT Skills Training Group targets problems caused by difficulties regulating emotions. Some of these difficulties include impulsivity, destructive behavior, self-harm, thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts, intense/turbulent relationships, chronic feelings of emptiness, rapid mood swings and substance abuse.
DBT targets these issues by teaching skills to increase control over emotions, thus helping individuals to replace problematic emotional responses, thought patterns and behaviors with more skillful and effective responses. These skills are taught in a Skills Training Group that meets every Monday from 7:30-9:00pm. Each week, the group learns a new set of skills and is assigned homework to practice applying those skills in everyday life.
The skills are divided into 4 modules 1) Mindfulness, 2) Emotion Regulation, 3) Interpersonal Effectiveness, and 4) Distress Tolerance and are taught over the course of 24 weeks. New members can join at any time.
Individual skills training is a good option for those who want to learn DBT skills but cannot attend the group. Weekly one-on-one sessions allow for a more focused and individualized experience that fits your schedule.
Learn the same skills from all 4 modules at your own pace. Weekly homework assignments facilitate application and practice of skills to the problems you're currently struggling with.