I am in my last semester of the Johns Hopkins University Masters program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am currently a clinical intern at Bodhi and at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup, where I do individual and group therapy with adult male inmates.
I have an integrative approach to counseling, drawing largely from Adlerian and existential-humanistic theories and integrating mindfulness and cognitive behavioral techniques. After years of a research career in biological anthropology I also draw a lot from science, including the exciting field of affective neuroscience, which is the study of neural mechanisms of emotion.
I believe the most effective healing comes from viewing every individual holistically—through the lens of one’s unique family of origin, relational experiences, spirituality, biology, and social and physical environments. I believe we can all benefit from improving our communication, presence, social connectedness, and, most importantly, self-compassion.
I work with adolescents and adults through individual, family, couple, and group therapy. In all of these settings, I care most deeply about creating a safe, nonjudgmental space in which clients can explore new ways of living and connecting authentically with themselves, others, and the natural world.