I am a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist with over 15 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. I have advanced clinical training from the Yale University School of Medicine-Child Study Center, have taught in the Catholic University NCSSS (MSW program) as adjunct faculty for 10 years and currently teach at Howard University, in the School of Social Work. I also have extensive experience in school and mental health settings.
I practice from a strengths-based perspective with the goal of marshaling the inner resources of each client. I believe that within every person lies a desire for growth, connection and peace.
Each new developmental phase can be challenging. As a mental health professional, I use evidence-based treatment interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy to teach new skills and strategies for managing emotions, coping with frustration and connecting in more positive ways with peers and family members.
Depending on the needs of the client, I also practice from an insight oriented, humanistic perspective, understanding that sometimes a person needs a safe, non judgmental place to talk about fears, concerns and dreams. This can be especially true for adolescents and young adults who are attempting to figure out who they are and what direction they want their life to take.
For all clients, I believe it is critical to look at the whole person and consider the mind-body connection. This can include examining sleep, diet and exercise habits in conjunction with mindfulness practices and therapy.
California State University, Northridge
BA in Psychology
2 year Post-MSW Clinical Training Fellowship
DC Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
License # LC303501
Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S)
Association for Play Therapy- Member