I was awarded the White House Fellowship in 1997 by the Department of Health where I participated in researching treatments for various mental disorders in Washington, D.C. My training was further extended at the University of Miami’s prestigious Mailman Center for Child Development and received additional training in trauma and abuse (both sexual & physical), through the University of Miami Child Protection Team. After several years working at various community mental health agencies, I began my private practice in 2003 and have since focused on advancing my clinical skills through various seminars and trainings.
In 2013 I decided to begin studies for my doctorate education and finished in 2018. My focus has been in the area of post-partum depression in women and men. This vulnerable time post baby and the body’s emotional response in both parents is one of my research interests. My over 15 years as a clinician has proven a valuable skill in helping my new love of research. I research and publish studies in this area. The period just after the birth of a child is a crucial time of intervention for both mother and/or father to ensure wellness for the whole family.
I am trained in evidence based practice, before discussing a treatment with a client I research best practices both from my experience as well as academic journals. I always say there has to be a rhyme to the reason. I believe in sound and ethical practice.