I am a psychotherapist with a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy who sees therapy as a creative, diverse and integrative endeavor. I approach therapy by learning what is valuable to my patients: how they see the world, what they desire, and what they want from both therapy and me. I understand this varies from patient to patient, and even session to session, requiring versatility and ingenuity.
I believe exposing oneself to the potential of new ways of relating, while challenging, has the potential to produce considerable change in disrupting unhelpful behavioral or relational patterns. In therapy, I build a relationship in collaboration with my patients, which is not only essential to exploring their reasons for seeking therapy. Our relationship can also act as a template for patients to better understand and manage relationships with loved ones outside of therapy.
Practicing in university clinics, hospitals, outpatient, primary care, emergency department settings, and private practices, I have worked with adolescents, couples and individuals. I have helped patients with a wide range of issues including, but not limited to, social anxiety, depression and relational concerns. I have also worked with the psychological management of chronic pain, assisting patients to obtain a better understanding of pain and employ healthy methods of coping with pain and stress. My patients have been an immeasurable professional influence in how I approach therapy, teaching me that the true value of therapy lies in developing a trusting, empathetic connection with each patient.