In 2000, I earned a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The University of Virginia.
My clinical training in Virginia was three-pronged, involving cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, and psychodynamic tools. During my graduate years, I worked in inpatient hospitals, high schools, and outpatient clinics with diverse populations. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Dartmouth College working at West Central Services in Lebanon, NH and then was invited to stay for a post-doctoral fellowship.
Finally, after graduate school, pre- and post-doctoral training (six intense years in total), I accepted my first permanent job as a psychologist at Dartmouth College’s Counseling and Human Development Office.
While at Dartmouth, I saw thousands of students with a variety of difficulties. I also began to specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and co-chaired the Eating Disorders Consultation Team, a multidisciplinary team developed to support students with life-threatening symptoms. I also made significant revisions to the Team’s manual, which other colleges use as a guide, and have presented at various conferences. I handled emergency crises on a regular basis, coordinating care with deans and other academic support staff.
Since leaving Dartmouth in 2008, I have been in full-time private practice in downtown Hanover, NH.
Being in private practice has allowed me to focus on the rewards of my clinical work. I continue to draw from a variety of established therapeutic methods, including cognitive-behavioral, family-systems, and psychodynamic. I have also become more skilled in working with couples.
For many years, I remained connected to the college as an adjunct professor, providing supervision to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral psychology interns through the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
The psychology-training program underwent a number of structural changes, and as of July 2017, I am no longer working closely with these talented trainees. I am still able to enjoy a bit teaching, however, by facilitating journal club meetings for psychiatry residents and fellows through Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
In the beginning of my career, I saw mostly adolescents, both individually and in families.
I continue to enjoy this work; meeting with teenagers and young adults does not get old! The older I get, though, the more couples and older people reach out to me for help. People sometimes gravitate towards a more seasoned therapist to help navigate a crisis or life challenge.
I am licensed in New Hampshire and a member of New Hampshire Psychological Association and American Psychological Association.