I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University in 2015, and a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University in 2017. I then received my Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami in 2019. I hold certifications in Advanced Forensic Social Work, Drug & Alcohol Treatment, Trauma-Focused CBT, EMDR, and I am a Certified Trauma Services Specialist. In what little spare time I have, I serve on a couple of international search & rescue teams, train search K9s, and enjoy traveling.
My primary specialties are trauma, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and substance addiction. I am trained in, and utilize several psychotherapy theories including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and Holistic/Integrative Therapy. I also work with individuals, couples, and families in all aspects of mental health needs.
Holistic/Integrative Therapy involves integrating various elements of different theories to the practice. In addition to traditional talk therapy, holistic therapy may include nontraditional therapies such as hypnotherapy or guided imagery. The key is to use the techniques and psychotherapy tools best suited for a particular client and problem. EMDR is a structured therapy that encourages the patient to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements or tapping), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories.
EMDR therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms. Ongoing research supports positive clinical outcomes showing EMDR therapy as a helpful treatment for disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, and other distressing life experiences. DBT when utilized to treat substance abuse is a well-established, comprehensive treatment that is designed to encourage abstinence and reduce relapses. Several randomized clinical trials have shown that dialectic behavior therapy is effective in decreasing substance abuse. When properly executed, talk therapy is one of the most effective methods of treating drug abuse in the long-term.