Scope of Practice

 

I am a licensed psychotherapist located in Durham, NC, offering therapy to adults of all ages from differing backgrounds with various cultures and beliefs, and goals for treatment. I am LGBTQ affirming and provide therapy through a lens of social justice to understand and support the background and uniqueness of each individual. I believe in the use of self-compassion work, mindfulness, and acceptance, when appropriate, to help overcome many obstacles we are faced with at different times in life.

Working from a psycho-dynamic orientation with a relational approach, I strive to find a balance, reduce suffering, and create a non-judgmental space where the individual has a voice to explore, problem-solve, and accept.  My style is warm and person-centered, interactive, and accepting.

I have extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, impulsivity, Women’s issues, relationship issues, and stress management. I specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, Chronic Pain & Illness, and draw from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Systems Theory, and I continue to train in the latest understandings of treatment.

Another area of focus is working with individuals and couples affected by physical disability, illness, or specifically neurological disorders,  such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Parkinson’s Disorder, or Stroke. If you fit this description, you may be experiencing depression or anxiety, or even challenges in emotional expression and regulation. If you have been affected by illness or disability, and are in a relationship, therapy can serve as a secure base to rekindle and communicate your attachment needs after disruption or physical trauma.

Pain is pain, but it does not have to be suffering. Often the meanings or assumptions that we make of the pain we experience make it worse, debilitating at times. Through therapeutic work on mindfulness, compassion, and acceptance, you can bring peace to yourself and live life to its fullest.

Founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Steven Hayes says, “Love isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” It is my passion to help others create the change they desire, and it is my privilege to facilitate understanding and growth in exploring attachment needs, as well as navigating your emotions involved in the process of therapy.