Psychotherapy I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Washington, D.C. and provide psychotherapy to adults and couples with difficulties in the areas of relationships, trauma, destructive behavior, addiction, family-of-origin, depression, anxiety, and self-esteem. My style integrates principles and practices of psychodynamic theory, self-psychology, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral techniques, attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology, and interpersonal work. I practice therapy with a goal of supporting you in the development of self-compassion and in trying out new behaviors, which often includes helping you to evaluate and understand current behaviors and attitudes through the lens of the past. Feedback from clients is that my style is warm, compassionate, respectful, and genuine. Services: ~Individual Therapy ~Couples Therapy ~Group Therapy Qualifications: ~Master's in Social Work from Catholic University's National Catholic School of Social Service ~Advanced level trainee in Rehearsals for Growth! training on the use of improvisational drama in psychotherapy ~Completed the first year of the Washington School of Psychiatry's Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy Program ~Independently licensed as a clinical social worker in Washington, D.C. (LICSW) and Maryland (LCSW-C). ~Member of the American Academy of Psychotherapists (AAP) and the Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Work (GWSCSW). ~Current training courses AAP Training Institute: Men's Fears of Women in Intimate Relationships with Avrum Weiss, PhD
I have trained and worked with a diverse spectrum of clients in a variety of clinical settings, including the Washington Hospital Center's inpatient psychiatry unit, the Catholic University Counseling Center, a residential substance abuse treatment program within a women's prison, an outpatient clinic primarily serving court-mandated clients and clients on federal probation, Kolmac Clinic, and private practice. I engage in ongoing supervision and peer consultation, as well as structured learning to build my skills. Read more about my practice.
Improvisation As a trained and practicing improviser and improvisation instructor and coach, I integrate the principles and practices of improvisation into much of my therapeutic style and communications work, and much of my skill as a therapist into my coaching and instruction. In many ways, the skills that make an excellent improviser are those that make an excellent partner, friend and colleague: listening, mutual support and trust, willingness to take risks, ability to collaborate, capacity to both lead and to follow, and a sense of spontaneity and fun.
To learn more about how I use groups and workshops to integrate dramatic improvisation with therapy to foster team-building in work environments, overcoming social anxiety, increasing confidence and self-esteem, and improving interpersonal skills, please contact me.