There's an oft repeated belief that the further away we get from labor, delivery, and the postpartum period, the less we remember. While I'm sure this is true for some parents, I distinctly remember just how difficult my labor and delivery were, as well as how much I struggled after we brought my older son home. Although my education and background are in the field of forensic psychology, my personal experience with birth trauma, Postpartum Depression, and Postpartum Anxiety inspired me to shift my therapeutic focus to perinatal mental health and trauma. I want to do whatever I can to help mothers and parents avoid and/or heal from complications in the perinatal period.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and board approved LPC Supervisor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I previously maintained professional licensure in Maryland and Colorado, where I began practicing in 2007. I graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Forensic Psychology, and I obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Mount St. Mary’s University.
Prior to launching Solution-Focused Therapy Services, I provided therapeutic services in a variety of settings, including non-profit community mental health centers and correctional facilities. I am experienced with providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, families, and adults presenting with a wide range of mental health and behavioral disorders.
I utilize a strength-based approach geared toward helping individuals and families build on the positive attributes they already possess in order to facilitate change. I am certified through EMDRIA in EMDR, and I am Internal Family Systems informed.
Additionally, I specialize in maternal and women's mental health (including prenatal and postpartum mental health), helping parents and children improve dynamics within the home through emphasis on parenting skills, trauma, LGBTQ+ concerns, and military family challenges.
If you'd like to hear more about me and my approach, feel free to listen to my guest appearance on The Birth Journeys Podcast where I discuss the difference between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression. There is also an episode you can access where I discuss my own birth journey and path to becoming a perinatal mental health specialist.
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Board Approved LPC Clinical Supervisor- Virginia
PMH-C (Perinatal Mental Health Certification)
EMDRIA Certification in EMDR
Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator
Trauma-Informed Yoga Certification
*** As of this writing, I am currently one of only three providers in Northern Virginia and five providers in all of Virginia to have dual certifications in Perinatal Mental Health and EMDR. ***
On a personal note: I love to travel and experience different countries and cultures. Cooking, reading, and Zumba are also passions as well as spending time with my husband, two sons, and dog, Evie.