I received my BA in Psychology with distinction from Swarthmore College. I was named a Phi Beta Kappa scholar. I went on to receive my Masters Degree from Smith College School for Social Work in 1998. Since then I have been providing individual, group, and family psychotherapy. I am licensed in the state of Texas. I have worked in clinics, schools, residential facilities and hospitals in Austin, Boston, and San Francisco. I am currently in private practice in Austin and have been in private practice since 2005.
While I have worked with children and families in the past, currently my work focuses on young adults and adults. I use a collaborative, psychodynamic perspective to help clients experience relief from their symptoms. We work together to try to understand what is creating the emotional strain by looking at current and past relationships and current and past life experiences. I actively use the therapeutic relationship to help further the treatment which involves paying close attention to what is happening between myself and my clients. Understanding what is happening in the room is a springboard for better understanding what is happening outside of the room. We pay attention to emotions being triggered and how they can help us understand the situation. I am able to draw upon cognitive behavioral techniques to supplement my psychodynamic approach as needed. This means that at times when emotions begin to feel overwhelming, we may turn to various techniques designed to ground and settle before continuing to explore.
I am an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychologists (ASPP) and the Austin Group Psychotherapy Society (AGPS). I am currently serving on the board of the Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychologists (ASPP). I participate in ongoing supervision and consultation and believe in the importance of professional support in order to provide thoughtful and informed treatment to my clients.