Welcome! I’m a Licensed Clinical Psychologist based in Richmond, Virginia. I blend a Christian worldview with psychological science to improve lives—especially the lives of 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 allowed me to work with kids, teenagers, and their families on a variety of issues. It provided me with a deep understanding of the stressors facing children and parents today.
My post-doctoral residency was completed in a private practice specializing in the treatment of OCD. During my residency I gained invaluable experience developing and implementing behavioral and cognitive-behavioral interventions to treat anxiety disorders (including OCD, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and panic disorder). In 2013 I completed my post-doctoral residency requirements and became a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
To treat anxiety I primarily use behavioral therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy orientations. I often use a strategy called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). All of my counseling interventions 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 enjoy consulting and collaborating with other mental health providers. I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Center for Christian Counseling, a nonprofit organization in Richmond.
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.