Areas of Focus
- Relationships & Intimacy
- Sexual Health
- Gender Identity
- Sexual Identity
- Kink/Poly Friendly
- LGBTQAI Friendly
- Health At Every Size (HAES®) / Intuitive Eating (IE) Allied
- Anxiety & Depression
- Combat Trauma/PTSD
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Post-deployment Re-integration
- Foreign Service Workers
- International Aid Workers (NGO’s)
I am a psychotherapist in private practice in Bethesda, MD, and I offer individual and relationship(s)/couples counseling. 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. I am licensed as a clinical social worker in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and New Jersey.
As an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and ISTI Certified Sex and Couples Therapist, I know that life and relationships take a lot of work. My practice is dedicated to helping individuals, couples and relationship(s) that are in need of support and/or seeking growth and change. From anxiety and depression to sexual functioning and communication, I can help you and your partner(s) work on bringing authenticity back into your lives. I have extensive experience working with military (Active Duty/Vets & Spouses), LGBTQ+, kink/poly relationships, HAES®/Intuitive Eating, as well as Ex-pats and International Aid Workers stationed overseas. I have the background and knowledge to treat individuals and family members with combat-related distress, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-deployment reintegration. This work has also informed my practice as to understanding the particular needs of foreign service workers both overseas and post-assignment.
In work and life, I am committed to working from a perspective of intersectionality and advocacy for those who have been marginalized by society and the impact of social identities on psychological distress. For me, this means holding space for people of color (POC), LGBTQ+, as well as those impacted by (as so aptly identified by Emily Nagoski), the “industrial bikini complex”. One of my core values is cultural humility, and I strive to recognize my own blindspots and implicit biases, so that I can actively participate in social justice and change from within.
Because not everyone fits into a specific box, I consider myself an eclectic therapist, which means that I draw from a number of different theoretical orientations to tailor therapy to the individual, not the the other way around. Part of our work together will include a full history (relational and sexual), which goes at your pace, and following these discussions, we will create a treatment plan based on what your specific needs are. This may include bits and pieces of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), some Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Feminist Therapy, Out of Control Sexual Behavior (OCSB); as well as IMAGO techniques, to name a few. Amongst the many people who have influenced my practice include Emily Nagoski (Come as You Are/Burnout); Tammy Nelson (Getting the Sex You Want); Esther Perel (Rekindling Desire/The State of Affairs); Lindo Bacon (Health at Every Size/Body Respect); Roxanne Gay (Bad Feminist); Sonya Renee Taylor (The Body is Not an Apology); adrienne maree brown (Pleasure Activism: The Poltics of Feeling Good); Dossie Easton & Janet Hardy (Ethical Slut/The Topping Book/The Bottoming Book); Michael Vigorito and Doug Braun Harvey (Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction); and David Ley (Ethical Porn for Dicks/The Myth of Sex Addiction), to name a few.
Additionally, I am a committed supporter of the HAES Principles through the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH), which affirms a holistic definition of health, which cannot be characterized as simply the absence of physical or mental illness, limitation or disease. Rather, health exists on a continuum that varies with time and circumstance for each individual. Health should be conceived as a resource or capacity available to all regardless of health condition or ability level, and not as an outcome or objective of living. Pursuing health is neither a moral imperative nor an individual obligation, and health status should never be used to judge, oppress, or determine the value of an individual.
At present, I am licensed to practice virtual therapy (either phone or video) in Maryland, DC, Virginia, New Jersey and overseas. I use a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant called VSee. Here’s a little bit about how it works: I send you a link to my personal VSee and you click on the link and download the software onto your computer or personal device (tablet or phone) and at the arranged time of our session, I will call you through the VSee program to establish a video connection. We will spend our session time together and once our session has ended, you can close out the program until our next scheduled session.
I am registered in Maryland to provide supervision to LGSW’s working towards their clinical licensure. Additionally, I am currently in the process of becoming an AASECT Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor (currently a “Supervisor in Training”) and can provide supervision to those working towards their AASECT certification as a therapist. I am keenly aware of the limited perspectives on intersectionality and oppression within the AASECT community, and as such, am focused on helping to build a more inclusive supportive community, where all are welcome. I am mindful of my privilege(s) and feel strongly that I can help to bring about change. Please contact me for rates for supervision.
Fees & Insurance
Please feel free to contact me directly for my fees and hours.
Initial Sessions are 80-90 minutes and follow up appointment are 50 minutes.
Payment is due at the time of service and I accept cash, checks and all major credit cards
I do not accept insurance, however, I will provide you with a superbill containing information required for out of pocket reimbursement from your insurance company.
Planning Your Visit
Prior to our first session, I will send you a link to my practice portal where you will complete paperwork related to your visit (practice policies, intake forms, emergency contact(s) and billing information. During our first session, we will spend time getting to know each other, building rapport, reviewing your paperwork, signing releases of information (as needed), and discussing what your goals for therapy might be.
My office is a body positive space, which means that all body types are welcome and you can expect seating to reflect this. My office is also a scent-free space, and I ask that you refrain from wearing heavy perfume or cologne as many people are sensitive to scents.
There is plenty of parking under the building and I can validate your parking ticket. Please take the elevator to the THIRD floor and look for suite 207.