Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist
Change happens over time, in a process, oriented in a relationship.
You are probably reading this because you are hurting and need some help. Most of us get to this place, at some point...if we are truly living.
And now you are ready to be curious about yourself. To ask yourself difficult questions. To take action.
For 20 years I have been a psychotherapist based in the Triangle area. I practice contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy. Together we work to forge a secure, authentic relationship where you can create new ideas about yourself, people and relationships. In therapy you are able to examine less understood, conflicted aspects of yourself - parts of you that may be angry, fearful of intimacy, avoidant, lack boundary definition or are self destructive.
Psychotherapy is about the maturing of the human heart, not just symptom reduction.
What is it like to work with me?
Well, hopefully pretty natural, all things considered. I don’t apply "techniques" or attempt to solve your problems. However, in good treatment, you probably will find symptom relief, and you will begin to see your own solutions to your problems.
My style of therapy reflects the way humans have always interacted - we sit and have a conversation. But therapy is a very special kind of conversation. One that has the potential, over time, to balance the mind.
I live in the Triangle area with my husband and two children. As a true believer in the integration of mind and body in healing, I maintain a daily practice of meditation, yoga, dance and/or breathwork. I have a great time periodically teaching movement classes in the local community. Although I grew up on the southeast coast of Florida, my tastes are truly Southern. Chicken and Dumplings from Lucky 32 in Cary make me very happy. My favorite place for a long weekend is NYC - Central Park and street food never get old! If you checked my iTunes account you would discover my passion for cover songs - the bigger the stretch the better. Who knew Jay Z or Zeppelin could sound so good covered by a piano and cello?
Education & Certifications
2015 Approved Supervisor for clinicians pursuing the credential of Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
2007 Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
2000 MSW, Social Work, Florida State University
1998 MS, Physical Education and Athletic Administration, Eastern New Mexico University
1996 BS, Health Education, Florida State University
Currently enrolled in Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate program, Institute for Creative Mindfulness
2016 Certified Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator
1998 Certified Yoga Therapist, Integrative Yoga Therapy
American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work
International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
American Psychoanalytic Association Teachers Academy 2016
North Carolina National Association of Social Workers
Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center
Holly Hill Psychiatric Hospital
American Association of Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work
UNC School of Social Work