I am a licensed clinical psychologist and mindfulness practitioner. I received a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Dayton in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with specialized training in Health Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2008. My year-long pre-doctoral internship was at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and included intensive rotations in health psychology and chronic pain, trauma and substance abuse, and the Women’s PTSD program. It was while working with trauma survivors and individuals struggling with substance abuse that I became interested in the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness meditation. I then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in chronic pain at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Center for Pain Management, where I was fortunate to receive extensive training in mindfulness and pain management. I am a member of several scientific and professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and the Midwest Pain Society.
My areas of interest are evolving and include mindful parenting and pregnancy, physical and emotional wellness, and psychological and spiritual growth. In addition to private practice, I serve as a consultant to Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Interdisciplinary Cancer and Women’s Health Programs and participate in clinical research, program development, program evaluation, and graduate level teaching. I am a mother of two and use mindfulness in my own life. I have been cultivating a daily mindfulness practice since 2007.
My Treatment Philosophy and Approach
My graduate and post-doctoral training focused heavily on empirically validated cognitive and behavioral treatment approaches. I think it is important to be well-informed of the latest research on current and emerging treatments. I utilize cutting edge treatments including Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, and Positive Psychology. These are approaches that I am personally drawn to and that my clients tend to like. They are backed by science and can be fun and creative. These are very active therapies where you learn new skills and practice them to improve your quality of life. The work we do together may be difficult or even painful at times, but also offers the opportunity for tremendous growth and the potential for a more fulfilling life.