Originally from Richmond, Virginia, I attended graduate school in Washington, D.C. I hold both a master's degree and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. My undergraduate degree was in philosophy and Spanish. In 2011, I moved from the East Coast to Oregon for my predoctoral internship in a rural community mental health clinic. I am passionate about assisting people to improve their emotional well-being, which ultimately impacts their overall health. My doctoral dissertation was on the topic of integrating dietary changes, exercise, and relaxation techniques in both the prevention and treatment of depression. My interest in this area was sparked by my longstanding passion for running and the important role of exercise in my own life. I thoroughly enjoy using mind-body approaches to help individuals improve their overall well-being.
My approach to therapy is collaborative and patient-centered. I draw upon scientifically researched techniques to help people improve mood and energy levels, manage stress, improve ability to cope with anxiety and panic, practice self-acceptance, make desired behavior and lifestyle changes, and improve sleep. I love working at Kaiser Permanente because of its emphasis on preventive care. My clinical toolbox includes approaches such as mindfulness, EMDR, DBT, motivational enhancement, and behavior therapy, and I usually integrate these approaches to help people achieve desired changes.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, including my husband and our two dogs. Most days, I exercise either outdoors or at the gym. Mindfulness meditation practice has become an important part of my life and my own self care. I also enjoy music, both as a performer and as a listener.