I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has provided therapy since 2003 to adolescents and adults with a wide variety of mild, moderate, and severe mental health problems. Based on my training and experience, I specialize in the treatment of adults (including young adults) and couples.
Academically, I serve as a member of the Clinical Faculty in the School of Professional Psychology at Spalding University, training the next generation of psychologists. Previously, I have provided therapy at Seven Counties Services, and provided clinical supervision at Our Lady of Peace.
My educational background consists of undergraduate work at Spring Hill College (BA) and graduate studies in clinical psychology at Spalding University (MA, PsyD), while serving in the Spalding University Counseling Center, Bellarmine University Counseling Center, and Pre-Doctoral Internship at Emory University Student Counseling Center.
I am licensed in Kentucky and an active member of the Kentucky Psychological Association. In addition to providing therapy and supervision services, I have presented at state and national conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of adolescents, ADHD, parenting, supervision, and group therapy.
My approach to therapy is grounded in the belief that we are each trying to do our best (based on our genetics, families, and current circumstances). However, we tend to get stuck in certain thought patterns, emotional patterns, or behavioral patterns. In order to help with this "stuckness," I utilize a combination of evidence-based treatments--including Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman's Marital Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialetical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) as well as new insights from Interpersonal Neurobiology about how the emotional brain works. I am proud to be an LGBTQ ally as well.
Knowing that no one theory or set of techniques will work for everyone, I tend to combine and integrate various theories and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach for each client. It is my goal to assist each individual/couple/family to build on their strengths and to reduce/accept their limitations, in order to attain the personal growth they seek--or to say it very briefly: to be healthy and happy. How you define this health and happiness into specific goals will be up to you (though I certainly will help!).
Finally, I am married and we have four "furry kids." When I am not working or teaching, you will probably find me on one of Louisville's public golf courses.