I’ve spent my entire adult life dedicated to helping people. It’s my passion and what gets me up in the morning.
I’ve known I wanted to help people as a career from the beginning. I graduated from Vassar College in 1995 with general and departmental honors in psychology. I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from the Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University (now at Drexel University) in 2001. I completed my predoctoral internship at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. The focus of my graduate work was severe mental illness, including schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.
After school, I dove into work helping our Veterans with the Department of Veterans Affairs. I worked with the VA for over eighteen years, focusing on post traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorder, and chronic suicidal ideation. Despite the challenging nature of this work, I loved it. Helping people overcome such difficult issues is incredibly rewarding.
Now I’ve started my own private practice. I have an office in Pittsburgh and I’m also offering online therapy to people all over Pennsylvania and Kansas. Through PsyPact, I am also available online to individuals in Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.
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Beyond work, my passion for helping people influences other aspects of my life as well.
I grew up in Texas, lived in NY state, Philadelphia and Baltimore, then settled in Pittsburgh, and I feel like it’s my home.
I’ve been a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician in three states: I initially trained as an EMT in Texas, then volunteered with Vassar College campus service during undergrad, and then volunteered for five years with a local service in the Pittsburgh suburbs.
I love taking care of my pets — All of my cats are rescues and special needs. My chickens are also rescues!
I’m active with a local Pittsburgh animal (cat — I know, go figure) rescue.
In my spare time, I love to do yoga, distance running, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.
It was my honor to serve our nation’s Veterans for eighteen years. I am excited to bring my experience to the private sector. Please contact me with any questions about my practice.