Welcome! I’m a Licensed Clinical Psychologist based in Richmond, Virginia. I blend a Christian worldview with data-based psychological principles to improve lives—especially the lives of kids, teens, and adults struggling with anxiety.
I graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In 2010 I graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Ph.D. in School Psychology. I have worked for various public school districts in Virginia as a school psychologist. My work in the schools has allowed me to work with kids, teenagers, and their families on a variety of issues. It has given me a deep understanding of the stressors facing children and parents today.
I completed my post-doctoral residency requirement under the supervision of Dr. Joyce Slater, a psychologist who specializes in treating OCD and other anxiety disorders (such as PTSD, GAD, and phobias). During my residency I gained invaluable experience developing and implementing behavioral and cognitive-behavioral interventions to treat anxiety disorders. In 2013 I completed my post-doctoral residency requirements and became a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
I have experience treating children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, including school systems and private practice. I primarily use behavioral therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy orientations. To treat anxiety, including OCD and perfectionism, I often use a strategy called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). All of my counseling strategies are research-based. You can expect to have clear, definable homework tasks in between sessions. You will also have the opportunity to provide me with regular feedback to make sure you are satisfied with the therapy (this is called “Feedback Informed Treatment“).
I am a Christian, and I find great meaning in incorporating this in my work. However, your faith will be as salient as you wish during our sessions. My goal is to walk beside you in your current season of life and be a voice of hope and encouragement.