I believe most psychological pain stems from a disconnection with one’s sense of purpose and meaning. In times of physical and mental stress, we often stray from our values and what brings us joy. Therapy serves as an integrative process that allows for a reconnection with what brings you a sense of meaning. Therapy allows one to heal through feeling heard and understood. As a health and geropsychologist, I have an intimate understanding of the impact of the body on the mind and vice versa. Part of my work is helping patient's to find peace with their body in order to live their best life. I work from an integrative stance incorporating psychodynamic, third-wave and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral, and meaning-centered perspectives.
Originally from a farming community in Maryland, I earned my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame majoring in psychology. I received my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Teacher’s College at Columbia University and my PhD from Fordham University. I completed a post-graduate psychology fellowship in health psychology and geropsychology at the Veteran Affair’s New York Harbor Healthcare System - Manhattan Campus.
In addition to treating general mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, specific areas of expertise include:
Geropsychology — Concerns related to Aging and Growing Older
Health Psychology — Intersection between health concerns and the mind
Coping with acute illness (e.g. cancer)
Living well with chronic illness and chronic pain (e.g. autoimmune disorders, COPD, Kidney Disease, Diabetes)
Managing stress related to fertility/infertility, pregnancy, and post-partum (e.g. post-partum depression, coping with prolapse/incontinence)