Are you feeling stuck? Many people seek therapy when they feel stuck with a mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, unwanted relationship patterns, or difficulty recovering from a painful experience. Others may be struggling to cope with external sources of stress, like discrimination, abuse, or trauma. As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, I help clients get unstuck while providing a supportive, confidential, and challenging dialogue. By helping you step out of your comfort zone, we can find new ways of coping with the problems you are struggling with or avoiding.
There are many different styles of therapy. For example, some therapists focus on correcting negative thought patterns, and others help clients resolve conflicts from their past. Most established approaches to therapy are equally effective for addressing common psychological problems. However, a therapist's choice of therapeutic style will affect your experience as a client.
My approach to therapy usually includes an exploration of a client's relationship experiences and emotional attachments to other people. Many of my clients find this approach helpful because stress, anxiety, and unresolved emotional pain often affect how we connect with others.
I know from my own past experience how overwhelming it can feel to find a new therapist, so I'm glad you're taking these steps to get help for yourself. I look forward to talking with you about how I can help. Please feel free to contact me by email, phone, or by online appointment request.
I currently provide therapy only by telehealth. Telehealth allows us to maintain a safe physical distance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Telehealth is a term used to describe health care services delivered remotely using technology. I use telehealth to meet with clients by video, so we can still see and hear each other during sessions even if we are not in the same physical location. I use only HIPAA-compliant technologies and practices to protect client privacy.
I have years of experience providing therapy by telehealth. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in telebehavioral health at Texas A&M University. I've trained graduate student therapists on how to use telehealth. I have even conducted telehealth research studies (you can read more about my telehealth research on my research page). I am confident that I have the experience necessary to provide high-quality telehealth services to most clients.
Research has shown that therapy is most effective when client and therapist form a trusting relationship, so finding a therapist that's a good fit for you is important. We may need to meet for a session or two before we can decide if I'm the right therapist for you.
I have treated clients with many types of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, suicidal thoughts, relationship concerns, sexuality and gender identity concerns, and experiences of discrimination. I work with clients of all races, religions, gender/sexual identities, nationalities, and immigration statuses. I can only provide therapy in English.
Before scheduling our first therapy session, I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to evaluate our potential fit. During this phone call I will want to confirm the following:
My rate is $120 per 45-minute session.
I don't take health insurance for payment and I am not "in network" for any health insurance providers. I can offer clients an itemized receipt for services that may be submitted to a health insurance plan with request for reimbursement. However, health insurers may not always reimburse for "out-of-network" services.
I am currently reserving a limited number of pro bono (free) therapy slots for clients who are health care providers or service workers involved in the response to COVID-19. If you are a health care provider or service worker involved in the response to COVID-19, let me know and we can discuss a fee waiver.
I received a Master of Arts and Master of Education in counseling at Columbia University, and I received my doctorate in counseling psychology from Texas A&M University. I also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in telebehavioral health care at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health.
I have treated clients in a variety of settings, including a psychiatric hospital, free health clinic, community mental health clinic, prison, and university counseling center.
I believe my years of teaching experience have made me a better therapist, just as my work as a therapist has made me a better educator. In my current position as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hampton University, I teach several classes related to mental health and treatment, including Abnormal Psychology, Professional Ethics, and Principles of Counseling and Psychotherapy. I previously held teaching positions at Texas A&M University, Saint Peter's University, and Hudson County Community College.
My work as a researcher has prepared me to serve clients with evidence-based treatments. I am especially proud of my research on telehealth, which you can read about on my research page.
I am licensed to practice in Virginia (Licensed Clinical Psychologist #0810006724) and Texas (Licensed Psychologist #38469). I can provide telehealth therapy services to clients residing in either Texas or Virginia.
Complaints in Virginia: The Virginia Board of Psychology receives questions and complaints regarding the practice of psychology. For assistance please contact: 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, Virginia 23233, (800) 533-1560, or at https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/psychology/.
Complaints in Texas: The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists receives questions and complaints regarding the practice of psychology. For assistance please contact: Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, 333 Guadalupe, Suite 2-450, Austin, Texas 78701, (512) 305-7700, or (800) 821-3205, or at https://www.tsbep.texas.gov/.
Please contact me by phone or email if you are interested in scheduling an appointment.
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