I am a licensed clinical psychologist and take a contemporary psychodynamic approach to psychotherapy. This means that I work to help my clients to understand the underlying causes of their symptoms. I often consider early childhood experiences and help my clients to understand and oftentimes rework unhelpful relational patterns that were picked up inadvertently through relationships with caregivers. Developing a strong therapeutic alliance based in safety, trust, and respect is essential and lays the groundwork for being open and eventually vulnerable. My clients come to prioritize their emotional health and well-being and often leave therapy with new skills, capabilities, and insights.
I am also an international psychologist who consults to humanitarian aid organizations and, as part of that work, I am skilled at providing psychological first aid, and critical incident support to organizations in the aftermath of a crisis or trauma.
As a faculty member of the National Group Psychotherapy Institute at the Washington School of Psychiatry, I am a strong believer in the power of understanding oneself in the context of groups. Group therapy forms a small microcosm of the world in which you can safely receive and give feedback on how you come across and practice different ways of being. It’s like a relationships lab to try on different ways of interacting.
I co-lead a weekly psychotherapy group on Tuesday evenings for individuals looking to improve their relational skills and enhance their ability to forge solid and meaningful relationships. If you find yourself getting stuck in interpersonal relationships, group might be worthwhile. We offer free 30 minutes pre-screens for those wishing to talk further about group.
Therapist Beyond Borders, PLLC
Therapist Beyond Borders strives to support organizations and higher education institutions in their efforts to create emotionally healthy workplace and university cultures that embrace well-being as integral to their mission and strive to foster a cohesive sense of community. Fostering emotional health and resilience in the workplace equips employees to create mutually enhancing communities that work together to create caring, safe, and respectful work climates. Senior leaders come to understand that they must serve as role models for self-care, attunement, and balance in an excessively stimulating world in which pressures have increased exponentially and individuals are more overwhelmed than ever. A culture of overwork is pervasive and will not relent unless institutions understand that excessive work is, in actuality, unproductive.
While Therapists Beyond Borders may support senior leaders to respond swiftly and appropriately to critical incidents and crises, Therapist Beyond Borders also helps senior leaders to think about how to infuse opportunities for growth and flourishing into the work and university community so that staff and students are encouraged to place a high value on relationship-building and social-emotional intelligence in addition to achievement and high work performance.
Good organizational health is not simply avoiding or managing crises, but rather, actively and thoughtfully moving towards resilience by creating a growth mindset and relationally intelligent work forces and student bodies. In today’s fast-paced technology-driven society, it is increasingly challenging to crack the code to finding balance, fulfilling relationships, and happiness.
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