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If your child engages in extreme or inappropriate behaviors that don’t seem to make sense, and you struggle to help them manage these BIG reactions to their world, then I'd be a fit for your family. My passion lies in creating a safe space for children, parents and caregivers to break free from dysfunctional behavior patterns, emotional dysregulation, and trauma. I believe healing the parent-child relationship is an important part of improving a child’s ability to cope and demonstrate skillful and safe behaviors.  My personality is goofy, energetic, creative and nonjudgmental. Others enjoy working with me because I am realistic about the difficulties families experience in daily life, I give direct and honest feedback, and I am highly motivated to help kids, teens, and parents achieve our agreed-upon goals. 

I have been working in mental health care since 2011, after I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Journalism. I decided to pursue my Master’s in Social Work after working for several years at a residential treatment center for teens and earned my MSW from The University of Maryland, Baltimore.

I have experience working with complex trauma in children and adolescents, problematic sexual behavior, toileting issues, severe emotional dysregulation, and with clients whose behavior is impacted by autoimmune disorders including PANS/PANDAS. I also specialize in helping families with Highly Sensitive parents and/or children understand the personality trait and improve their self-regulation and communication patterns. 

I believe an important part of this process is helping parents recover from their own experiences of trauma within the parent-child relationship in order to parent more effectively and reconnect with their children. As a clinician I value thorough case conceptualization, assessment and accurate diagnosis, and utilizing evidence-based interventions tailored to your family’s goals. I provide lgbtq+ and neurodiversity affirming care, using an attachment-based and trauma-informed approach with all of my families.

Like most millennials I enjoy yoga and brunch in my free time. I am a devoted mom to one human daughter and my two cats. I also like to experiment with all different kinds of cooking and baking challenges, making sure to utilize all of my relaxation skills in the process!

I have specialized training in:

  • Brainspotting

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

  • Prolonged Exposure for trauma recovery

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Treating problematic sexual behaviors in children and youth

  • Child-Centered Play Therapy

  • Child-Parent Relationship Training for infants, toddlers and children

  • AutPlay Therapy for Autism and neurodivergence

  • Client-Centered and Relational therapies


Professional Associations: 

  • National Association of Social Workers

  • Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

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