I earned my Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 1997.
Following graduation, I lived abroad for five years before returning to the U.S. to
begin my graduate studies at OSU. I completed my Master’s degree in 2004 and
my Ph.D. in 2007. My graduate program was highly supportive of its students and
emphasized both research and clinical practice in its training. The emphasis placed
on the importance of human connection and resilience strongly influenced my
development as a psychologist. In 2003, I began my clinical field experiences
which included working as a therapist in the psychology department’s mental
health clinic, OSU’s Counseling and Consultation Service, and the Department
of Veteran’s Affairs. I also completed a rotation in the traumatic brain injury
unit of the OSU hospital system.
Upon completion of my dissertation, I began my pre-doctoral internship at
the Department of Veterans Affairs in Cincinnati, OH. My clinical training
rotations included working as an individual and group therapist in a substance
abuse residential rehabilitation program, a Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
residential treatment program and as a mental health consultant in the Emergency Department. In addition to these primary clinical rotations, I gained clinical experience working in the long-term psychotherapy clinic treating clients with depression, anxiety, relationship problems and childhood trauma.
After completing my internship and Ph.D., I returned to Columbus where I worked in a group private practice setting with a diverse clinical population and at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Vet Center and Ambulatory Care Center as a staff psychologist. As part of my tenure at the VA, I obtained strong research-based training in treating PTSD, other anxiety disorders and depression, and continue to implement evidence-based treatment in my clinical practice. Part of my clinical training focused on the use of mindfulness in therapy, which continues to be a central focus of my work with clients. I also have evidence-based training in treating couples who are struggling with relationship difficulties, and enjoy treating couples as part of my clinical practice.
I started my individual private practice in 2008 and specialize in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. I am inspired by the resilience of the human spirit I witness in my work everyday and feel fortunate to truly love my job. In the busy world in which we live, it is easy to find ourselves swept up in the chaos and the noise of everyday life. In my work with clients I have found that attending to inner experiences (i.e., emotions, body sensations, thoughts) in a present, mindful way is often a road toward healing and fulfillment. My primary focus early in therapy and throughout is to create a safe emotional space in which clients can explore these inner experiences. During the course of therapy, I believe that clients ultimately heal themselves and I consider it a privilege to offer support and compassion during this journey.