I am a psychotherapist in private practice in Bethesda, MD offering individual, relationship[s], and couples counseling. I consider myself an eclectic, sex-positive provider, with a therapeutic approach aimed at providing support and practical feedback to help you effectively address personal life challenges. With compassion and understanding, I work with you to help build on your strengths and attain personal growth. Additionally, I am a Certified Sex Therapist (CST) through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and a Certified Sex and Couples Therapist (CSCT) through the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute.
From working with veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, I have expertise, knowledge, and experience treating men and women with combat-related distress, traumatic brain injury, anxiety and depression. I can help with post-deployment reintegration to restore, heal, and deepen family connections, while re-establishing intimacy with loved ones.
In addition to working with veterans and their families, I have also worked with foreign service workers, international humanitarian aid workers and ex-pats using on-line video conferencing. I also use the PREPARE/ENRICH program to counsel couples preparing for marriage or a life-long relationship. I can help couples create strong relationships by teaching effective communication skills to resolve conflict and reduce stress.
I have presented at workshops on sexual health and intimacy issues for wounded warriors at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Services (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD and I have written a chapter on PTSD & Intimacy in the book Intimacy Post-Injury, through Oxford University Press.
I hold a Masters degree in Social Work from the Washington University in St. Louis and am certified as a sex therapist by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) as well as being certified by the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute (ISTI) as a Sex and Couples Therapist (CSCT). I hold clinical licensure as a Social Worker in Washington, DC (LICSW), Maryland (LCSW-C), Virginia (LCSW), and New Jersey (LCSW). I recently served as Co-Vice President of the Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Workers (GWSCSW), and I am certified to provide clinical supervision for LGSW’s in the state of Maryland for clinical licensure.