Credentials/Specializations

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Houston, TX. I obtained my MSW at Smith College School for Social Work (SCSSW), and my Ph.D. at the Institute for Clinical Social Work where I majored in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Over the years I have worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings including the Yale Parenting Center, the VAMC and the Menninger Clinic. Currently, I divide my time between my private practice and Baylor College of Medicine where I am an Assistant Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

ORIENTATION

My primary stance is psychodynamic psychotherapy which is insight-oriented and utilizes psychoanalytic theory. Emphasis is on the identification and expression of difficult thoughts, feelings, self-concepts and life experiences, with additional focus on interpersonal relationships, unconscious defenses and developmental events. I have further training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 

SPECIALIZATIONS/RESEARCH

My practice specializes in couples/relationships, expatriate repatriation, parenting, adolescent issues, trauma, and substance addictions. I see couples, adults of all ages, and adolescents. While I have published on the topic of combat-related trauma, my doctoral and current research focuses on the psychoanalytic therapeutic factors in working with couples with substance addictions. In 2018-19 I was honored to receive the APA’s Division 39, Section VIII, Gerald Stechler Research Award for this work.