LCPC, LPCMH, ACE CPT/Nutrition Specialist, Pn1
I played NCAA Division 1 soccer and lacrosse at UMBC, and later became an instructor with Outward Bound (backpacking non-profit). My experiences taking teens into the wilderness led me to decide to pursue a career as a mental health therapist. I began my career as an addictions therapist in Essex MD, also working part time administering and interpreting results of psychological tests in a school setting in Baltimore County (mostly IQ testing for IEP purposes). I eventually moved to providing therapy in the Cecil County school system through Upper Bay Counseling in Elkton, MD. During this time I also coached lacrosse and later club soccer in the area, eventually moving to personal training, CrossFit coaching and finally nutrition coaching at Equity Fitness, in Elkton. I created a program called “UBFIT” where teen clients from Upper Bay Counseling were bussed to the gym to participate in group therapy that has an fitness component.
After 10 years working community behavioral health settings, I decided to open my own private practice offices in Newark, DE and Elkton, MD. I am EMDR trained and specialize in trauma, anxiety disorders, emotional dysregulation disorders, self-concept issues, codependency, LGBTQ issues, sports psychology, teens and family therapy. My primary therapy modalities are Internal Family Systems Therapy, Affective Experiential Dynamic Therapy/Gestalt Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. My Elkton office is unique in that it is located inside of a CrossFit gym and I have the ability to use the gym as a therapeutic tool with specific populations or those that are interested. I have experience working with athletes from high level youth-Olympic/D1 bound as well as collegiate athletes of all levels. I have given more than a dozen seminars to collegiate teams and business organizations since 2020. Outside of working full time as a psychotherapist, I am a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach and ACE Certified Nutrition Specialist and do nutrition coaching both online and in person at my Newark location.