I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (NC LMFT #1699), meaning I am independently licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders in the state of North Carolina. I specialize in individual and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties. In therapy sessions, I work collaboratively with clients and families toward their personal goals, while providing a safe and nonjudgmental space for self exploration. I will work with you individually, with your partner/spouse, or with the entire family. Family therapy is often the most effective and quickest way to enhance emotional support, increase positive interaction patterns, and improve overall success and functioning.
I follow a family systems and solution focused approach to treatment. This means that whether I am working with an individual, a couple, or the entire family, we will address the way your family’s patterns of communication and behavior influence each individual involved in the family system. I draw on several therapeutic techniques dependent upon each client’s individual need and presenting problem.
With children, I commonly utilize family therapy techniques focusing on restructuring, parenting/co-parenting support (including PCIT and standard Triple P), and play therapies to explore the child’s internal world. With adolescents, adults, and couples, I utilize client-centered, solution focused, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. When appropriate, I utilize trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TFCBT) to assist children ages 3-17 in healing from traumatic experiences including physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and others. I believe that past experiences can create internal conflicts and emotional injuries that affect current relationships and self image. Therapy can help address the way we perceive these past experiences so that we can move forward and give more fully to our relationships.
I received my master's degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in California, and my bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University, Long Beach. I have experience working in community mental health in both California and North Carolina for nearly a decade. My past experience includes office, school, and community-based therapy with children and families as well as intensive in-home services to families with children who are at risk of out of home placement. I have years of experience working with children in foster care and/or going through the reunification or adoption process.
I am a Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. As a Clinical Fellow, I am required to have met rigorous standards of training and ethics in the field of marriage and family therapy and am recognized worldwide for meeting these high standards of the profession.
I reside in Raleigh with my husband and two children. I enjoy exercise (especially yoga and weight lifting), traveling, all things Disney, and being with my family.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, North Carolina, 2015-Present
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, North Carolina, 2013-2015
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern, California, 2010-2012
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University, 2010
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, California State University, Long Beach, 2008
Triple P: Level 5 Pathways, 2016
Triple P: Level 5 Enhanced, 2016
Triple P: Level 4 Standard, 2016
Triple P: Level 2 Brief Primary Care, 2015
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, 2014