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.
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, Gottman Couples and Addiction Recovery, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
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.
American Psychoanalytic Association
American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work
American Psychological Association, Division 39, Section VIII Family and Couple Therapy and Psychoanalysis
Houston Group Psychotherapy Society
Houston Psychoanalytic Society
National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
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