Areas of expertise:
Anxiety & OCD
There are different types of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia and specific phobias. Anxiety, perhaps more than any other mental health issue, tends to respond very well to evidenced-based talk therapy interventions. As a member of the anxiety team in Psychiatry at U of M, I honed my skills in using CBT and ERP to treat anxiety and OCD in a systematic way. I also enjoying using ACT to treat anxiety that hasn’t diminished with the more traditional treatment approaches.
I first started working with trauma survivors in Seattle in 2008. Since then, collaborating with the resilient individuals who have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional trauma has been one of the most humbling and rewarding parts of my practice. I provide trauma-informed treatment that focuses on helping you understand the complex effects of trauma, learn healthy coping skills, and make meaning of what happened.
Relationships can be the most rewarding, and simultaneously most challenging, domains of our lives. Many of us play out painful ways of relating learned from our families of origin as we try to get our needs met and connect with one another. My approach to help you with relationship difficulties is to help you understand your feelings and behaviors, and teach you skills to be more interpersonally effective.
Emotion dysregulation (including mood disorders)
Depression and bipolar disorder are two frequently misunderstood diagnoses. Many people don’t understand that clinical depression is different from occasionally feeling ‘down in the dumps’, while others think of villainizing pop culture representations of bipolar disorder. Coming in for a complete assessment should help you get a better sense of what you are experiencing. I use evidenced-based approaches to the treatment of depression and bipolar, drawing on my training in Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Depression Center. I am also happy to collaborate with your psychiatrist or help refer you to one if medication is indicated based on the severity of your symptoms.
Supporting families and partners of people with mental illness
As a post-MSW fellow in Social Work and Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, I co-facilitated a Family Support Group at the Depression Center for people with a loved one with mental health challenges. It can be incredibly difficult to support your loved ones, especially if they have been recently diagnosed, are resistant to treatment, or refuse to acknowledge their mental health issues. Finding your own therapist can be an important step in establishing a network of support, and can give you more tools and skills to know where to begin helping your loved one.