I am a clinical social worker licensed in Washington, DC and Maryland. I practice as a generalist and have experience working with diverse adults and adolescents experiencing a range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, identity issues, LGBTQ+ issues, relationship challenges, life transitions, low self-esteem, grief and loss, adoption-related issues, and more. Proficient in Mandarin Chinese and having lived abroad, I am also very interested in cross-cultural concerns.
My style is warm, nonjudgmental, and collaborative. I aim to create a safe environment for us to better understand your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I take a psychodynamic approach to therapy, helping you develop greater insight and self-awareness as we explore both the origins of your concerns and how these challenges affect you today. I also integrate cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness techniques to help you change unhelpful patterns of thinking and build new coping skills. I have found that many people who come to therapy have lost sight of or are unaware of their own considerable strengths, and I will work with you to help you recognize and build on these inner resources. Through our work, you will come to know yourself more deeply, opening new possibilities for change and growth.
I received my Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and my Master of Social Work from Catholic University. I have experience providing psychotherapy in private practice, an outpatient mental health clinic, a university counseling center, and an adoption support non-profit. To continue honing my skills and to stay up to date on the latest developments in the field, I engage in regular training, consultation, and continuing education. I have completed a two-year advanced postgraduate training program in psychodynamic therapy, and I also recently participated in a year-long institute on the connections between attachment, trauma, neurobiology, and the body, both through the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.