I'm a psychologist, but I’m a human being first. I have fears, loves, doubts, and dreams like anyone else. Being fully immersed in this human experience myself is a professional asset that I bring to each session. I also bring this belief: "We have what we seek. We have it all the time, and if we give it time it will make itself known" (Thomas Merton). Each of us has what we need; it's a matter of (re)connecting with it.
The following is a bit about my background to give you an idea of the perspective and resources that I'd share in working with you.
I got hooked on psychology early on because people are fascinating. I earned my undergraduate at Davidson College, with experiences ranging from learning how families function, to performing brain surgery on a rat, to interning in NC prisons. I completed my doctorate at Pepperdine University, specializing in clinical psychology. The American Psychological Association describes clinical psychology as "a specialty in breadth" that relies on the "integration of knowledge and skill from a broad array of disciplines within and outside of psychology proper" (link). This was just the right fit because I've always been interested in too many things to pick just one. This clinical foundation has given me the ability to see the big picture and each of the parts. For instance:
- the breadth of human psychiatric conditions, as well as what we know about how those conditions come to be and what treatments are effective
- the different types of psychological assessment and testing and how each can be useful
- how a medical condition can affect a person's cognitive functioning or how a person's social and emotional functioning can affect his or her health
- the risks and benefits of medications
- how other professionals can be helpful - such as, physicians, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, educational specialists, and behavioral specialists
Beginning with practica in college, I have been working in psychology for over 20 years. The last 9 of those have been in private practice. Follow this link to view my training and experience.
I'm a member of the following organizations:
- American Psychological Association
- North Carolina Psychological Association
- Mecklenburg Psychological Association
These professional websites can be so dry.
How about some random fun facts?
- I am currently undergoing parent training at the hands of two young and skillful teachers (who happen to be my sons).
- In addition to three, four-legged pets, we also have a snake (don't worry - he does not ever visit my office)
- I was born in Hawaii and like to claim that I'm Hawaiian.
- My husband likes to run into burning buildings and to run for up to 100 miles at a time.
- I also like to run, but only reasonable lengths.