About Me

I am an emotion-focused therapist with over 40 years of experience, in mental health settings and with trauma and neglect.  I use a variety of techniques to meet the patient’s needs.  These include Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), an approach that is direct, focused, and intensive; and also use a DBT-informed approach.  My goal is a therapy that is effective and brings relief from suffering as quickly as possible. 


B.A., Psychology, UCLA
MSW, University of Maryland


  • ISTDP Core Training Certificate, Washington School of Psychiatry
  • Child and Adolescent Development and Psychotherapy, Washington School of Psychiatry
  • DBT Skills training with Marsha Linehan, PhD


  • Licensed at Independent level in Maryland and Washington, DC
  • Approved supervisor, Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners
  • Faculty, Psychiatry Residency Program, George Washington University
  • Faculty, School of Professional Psychology, George Washington University
  • Volunteer Therapist serving foster children, A Home Within
  • Field Supervisor, Catholic University of America and University of Maryland


  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Clinical Social Work Association 
  • Washington School of Psychiatry
  • Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work
  • Co-Chair, GWSCSW DC Advocacy Committee
  • International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association
  • Psychotherapy Action Network


“Helping Students Using DBT Skills”
“Self-Help for the Stressed-Out”
Moderator, “Sexual Harassment and Worse in the Community”