The key to addressing significant life stressors is recognizing and understanding the struggle while transitioning to a new normal. I have worked and received extensive training in multiple settings including pediatric cancer hospitals, military hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, and general community mental health clinics, working with both the impacted person and their families in adjusting to changing life circumstances.
Through many life experiences we are challenged to adapt our image of ourselves into our understanding of the world and people around us. While some life transitions occur seamlessly, there can be many times that these experiences can create friction and strife as we struggle to understand how we fit into and navigate the world around us. Both positive life experiences (ex. marriage, graduation, having a baby) or negative life experiences (ex. trauma, bereavement, loss) can cause significant distress when our perception of ourselves, the world and others are challenged and changed.
My approach to treatment is multi-faceted. I work on helping patients process their life experience into a well understood narrative. This work guides patients in understanding their self-concept and integrating that into their developing identity through significant life transitions (ex. graduation, moving, aliyah, marriage, military enlistment and/or discharge). My approach is both skills based, drawing on personal strengths and identifying areas of weakness in order to enhance coping strategies, as well as insight oriented, creating a stronger understanding of oneself in order to better connect and guide both internal and external experiences.
Trauma Responses, PTSD
Military Trauma (combat, sexual, moral injury, physical injury)
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Certified Cognitive Processing Therapy Provider 2016
Lone Soldier Discount
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)