Struggling with depression, anxiety, recurrent relationship or behavioral issues can be so demoralizing that giving up may feel like the only option. It becomes easy to think that we are born a certain way and that like height and eye color there’s nothing we can do about it.
The reality is changes in self-perception, along with learning new skills, have a significant impact on improving psychological wellbeing and getting out of those repeated ruts of self-doubt, low mood, burnout, anxiety, lack of meaning and relationship distress.
Psychotherapy introduces a new experience that impacts how you think about yourself, your setbacks, and your relationships. When you repeat new ways of thinking and coping enough, the new approach takes hold and becomes easier and easier to implement. Just as in the case of beginning a new physical exercise program, with time the routine becomes easier and easier. You will notice progress, begin to feel better, have more positive interactions with others. These rewards will reinforce and day-by-day you will grow.
What does therapy help with?
Processing grief and loss
Understanding and managing anger
Depression and low mood
Anxiety and Stress
Self-harm and self-defeating behavior
Emotional control and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Improving your relationship with yourself
Managing emotional aspects of medical conditions.
Who do I see?
Greater peace of mind
Increased joy and satisfaction
Improved psychological and physical wellbeing
Greater quality of life and meaning
Increased emotional awareness/control
More satisfying relationships with others
What will therapy feel like and how will it help?
Each person has a different story, different goals and can often benefit from slightly different treatment approaches. I approach each client as an individual and will tailor your treatment to meet your needs so that you may reach your goals.
I have a wide range of clinical experiences and exposures to multiple treatment approaches that inform my work with clients, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, acceptance commitment and interpersonal therapy.
We will work together to understand what brings you to therapy and develop goals and an approach that matches your needs. I am a collaborative, flexible therapist and take an open and nonjudgmental approach to my work. I am curious and engaged with my clients.
I am here to understand you and help you to:
- Understand and process the sources of your distress
- Develop coping styles and behaviors to better manage that distress
Some issues benefit not only from talk therapy but also medication. I may recommend this combined approach of both psychotherapy and medication to help lessen distress. I have working relationships with area psychiatrists making this combined approach easier to implement.
Teenagers "Acting Out"
Like all psychotherapy, couples therapy is a process, but one in which I endeavor to help both members of a partnership to feel heard while also working for measurable change that couples can notice and know when they are making progress.
I use attachment models to inform my work with couples — helping them to develop a safer, more fulfilling and secure partnership. I focus on both present circumstances and understanding how problems develop and providing ways to prevent their reoccurrence.
Some of the issues that couples often seek treatment for include the following:
Managing Difficult Life Transitions
Saving your Marriage
Depression often involves repetitive negative thoughts about the self and may also include the loss of or increase in appetite as well as either excessive sleep or difficulty falling and staying asleep.
Therapy can help you both manage and resolve issues that may be causing depression or Dysthymia.
Trauma is exposure to a stressor that involves actual or perceived threat, danger, serious injury, or emotional injury to the self or another person.
The response to the event may involve fear, helplessness, and can manifest in persistent avoidance of triggers associated with the trauma, and/or hyper-vigilance to events surrounding the trauma.
Barriers to Therapy
It is easy to feel that if you need help it means you’re inadequate in some way: “I should work harder on getting better on my own,” “Why am I complaining so much?” “If I get therapy it means I have REAL issues.” Participating in therapy is not a sign of weakness. Taking your emotions, symptoms, and areas of growth seriously is a strength. Pushing away and avoiding only brings on more and more distress.
Actively engaging a process that research shows improves wellbeing, psychological symptoms, relationship and life satisfaction is a choice for a healthier path for you and your future. Telling yourself you don’t need therapy, should work harder on your own, or that therapy means you are not good enough and flawed only prolongs the struggle.
Psychotherapy is a mini laboratory where you can open up and try out new skills with another human in real time. It works because unlike your “real” life, the therapeutic life is safe and confidential, as I have no connection with your broader life outside of therapy.
Grief and loss have a significant impact on the persistence of anxiety and depression symptoms. Therapy can help you work through past trauma and loss and ultimately give you sustained relief from anxiety or low mood.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Washington DC and McLean/Tyson’s Corner VA. I offer expertise in psychotherapy for adults, teenagers and couples. I tailor treatment to individual history and problem areas. I have worked with people for more than 15 years., I help people reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, and anger, as well as to work through difficult life events, including grief and loss, and to improve their relationships. I am committed to implementing treatment approaches that reflect the latest psychology research.