I am a licensed clinical social worker who practices psychotherapy in North Bethesda, Maryland. I have been working in the mental health community for over 30 years. I have significant experience with adolescents, adults, couples and families. I graduated from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 1985.
Following earning my Master’s Degree, I practiced in Chicago, Illinois and Summit, New Jersey and ended up back in the Washington, DC area working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I became the assistant director of the Partial Hospital Program at Fair Oaks Hospital in Summit, New Jersey prior to returning to Maryland. I began work at Chestnut Lodge Hospital in Rockville in the Partial Program there and resumed building my private practice in Potomac, Maryland and Washington, DC.
Advanced Training As A High Priority
Continued training has always been a high priority for me. I completed the Couple and Family Therapy Program and the Group Therapy Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry as well as the Modern Perspectives on Psychotherapy Program and the New Directions Program for Psychoanalytic Writing at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis.
These programs were critical to my development as a clinician for which I am grateful. Being passionate about my work I had a desire to share my knowledge. Following the completion of these programs, I joined the faculty of the Couple and Family Program as well as the Modern Perspectives on Psychotherapy Program.
Passion For Teaching
I love teaching and supervising students and colleagues and have for the past 5 years been an instructor in the Physician Patient Communication Program at Georgetown University Medical School. This program focuses on “bedside manner”, most importantly communication and interviewing skills. I like to bring my own style to this course, which most importantly focuses on compassion, warmth, and empathy. Building a trusting relationship with the patient is critical.