I am a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist. I’m also an avid writer, photographer, and mindfulness practitioner. Before starting my career in psychology, I taught German and English literature and linguistics. I’ve also worked with university students doing community outreach to nonprofit agencies; taught adult literacy classes; and provided public trainings in suicide prevention/awareness as a certified trainer for the QPR suicide prevention program.
These diverse interests shaped my perspective on how people grow, change, and make sense of their experiences. I know that the stories we tell about our lives and the images we choose to describe our experiences play a vital role in how we move through life transitions. I work with people to discover ways of integrating mind, body, and spirit. I use creative tools like phototherapy, mindfulness, guided imagery, clinical hypnosis, and storytelling/narrative approaches.
I specialize in the areas of:
- trauma/PTSD/post-traumatic growth
- grief and loss
- pregnancy and postpartum issues
- pregnancy loss (miscarriage and stillbirth)
- chronic illness/health challenges
- body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), including hair pulling (trichotillomania) and skin picking. I am a professional member of the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors and am trained in empirically-supported treatments (HRT–habit reversal training–the Comprehensive Behavioral Model–ComB).
My current projects include consulting with early career professionals in psychology, writing a book on using mindful phototherapy to navigate life transitions, and developing an app to support habit change, including BFRBs.
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