I am a psychotherapist licensed as a clinical social worker with over thirty five years experience in the helping professions. I use healing and recovery models of therapy that respect my clients’ strength and potential.

Coming of age in the ’60’s and ’70’s, I was influenced by the movements for social justice.  These values still inform all aspects of my life including my work.  I deeply value the contributions of feminist theorists in psychotherapy.

Treatment Approach

My therapeutic approach integrates decades of training and experience to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client’s strengths and goals.  I have studied the mind-body connection since 1976, and I incorporate EMDR, Integrative Process, Gestalt therapy, and other somatic methods.  I am a non-judgmental therapist with respect and unconditional positive regard for anyone who seeks help. I have a reputation for creating a safe and comfortable environment to entertain new possibilities and try out new behaviors.

I know that psychotherapy is an important investment of a person or family’s time, energy, and money.  I believe it should produce positive results.

Therapy is not one size fits all.  I honor my clients as unique, each with their own identity, history, culture, values, traditions, and beliefs.

Advanced Training

  • Psychotherapy with families, adults, adolescents, and children
  • Treating trauma and PTSD
  • Mindfulness and mind-body methods
  • Gestalt therapy
  • EMDR
  • LGBTQ+ issues
  • Culturally diverse populations
  • Survivors of sexual abuse
  • Solution focused therapy and narrative therapy
  • Substance abuse and treating co-occurring conditions
  • Couples therapy
  • Military veterans

Education & Credentials

License # 0904003640
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia

Education
B.A. in Social Science, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Philosophy and Healing in Action (SOPHIA), Columbia, MD

Professional Affiliations
National Association of Social Workers
United States Association for Body Psychotherapy
World Professional Association for Transgender Health
Transgender Health Alliance of Central Virginia