Individual Therapy for Children ages 9+, Adolescents & Adults
Phone: 301-960-1198 ext. 704
MD License #11023
I was lucky to join the Lotus Point Wellness (LPW) staff in the Spring of 2017. After 20 years of practice, in a wide variety of settings, LPW feels like the perfect place for me. It allows me to offer better healing with holistic wellness services all in one place!
Good self-care can often prevent anxiety and depression from emerging in the first place. However, if they do emerge, I provide warm, supportive, and up-to-date, mental health care.
When people are feeling anxious, depressed, or angry, often the problem is their stress level and lack of a social support system (both aspects of self-care). By helping you recognize, reduce, and more effectively manage your stress, I can be your temporary support system, enabling you to effectively address the problems in your life.
If you are having relational or emotional issues, I also use Emotionally Focused Therapy. EFT focuses on your emotions and your attachments. Attachment theory is a breakthrough theory that helps you see how your emotional difficulties are related to a disruption in your feelings of security in your relationships and in your life. I then show you how to improve your attachments using skills you can then take with you to use in the future. With couples, this approach helps strengthen your bond and find security and safety with one another.
I keep my client load moderate so that I am an energetic and available therapist, able to give the highest quality of care.
I have also worked at Suburban Hospital, UMD Shady Grove’s Counseling Center, and I was a counselor and the Executive Director at Washington Pastoral Counseling Service.
Depression (adolescent and adult)
Anxiety (Using Dr. Martin Seif’s approach)
Relationship problems (Al-Anon informed)
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
Insomnia treatment using CBT-I (5 - 7 sessions)
Grief and Loss
Trauma Treatment with CPT
I enjoy working with individuals, adolescents (age 9 and up), couples, and families to help them have happier and more fulfilling lives. My style is comfortable, supportive, and professional.
I use multiple approaches and enjoy life-long learning. I regularly participate in advanced and continuing education programs.
“I wish I had come to see you years ago. I wonder how my life might be different.”
“You helped carry me through one of the most difficult periods of my life. Thank you for being there with me, when I was barely there for myself.”
“I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me your full time and attention.”
Masters of Clinical Social Work, Simmons School of Social Works, 1996
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Massachusetts, 1989
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship, Spring, 2017
Advance Insomnia Treatment Training. Spring 2019 UPenn, Dept. of Psychiatry
301-960-1198 ext. 704
WHAT IS CPT?
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a cognitive-behavioral therapy (treatment that focuses on thoughts and feelings) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, and related conditions. PTSD can develop when an individual experiences a traumatic event such as physical and sexual abuse or assault, accidents, threats, military combat, or being a witness to violence or death.
Goals of CPT
Improve understanding of PTSD
Reduce distress about memories of the trauma
Decrease emotional numbing (i.e., difficulty feeling feelings) and avoidance of trauma reminders
Reduce feelings of being tense or “on edge”
Decrease depression, anxiety, guilt or shame
Improve day-to-day living