I began my studies in psychology at Tufts University in Medford, MA. I then worked in psychiatric research at Massachusetts General Hospital for two years before returning for my masters and doctoral degrees at Harvard University. While in school I worked with adults and children of all ages, with a wide variety of struggles including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder. I then completed a year-long clinical internship at Brown University at the end of my degree program. Finally, I completed a post doctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA in borderline personality disorder working with adolescents and adults. Upon moving to the greater Seattle area, I began specializing in work with eating disorders and was the program director of a 24-hour residential treatment facility for adult women with eating disorders for two and a half years.
I fell in love with horses and all animals at a young age. As an adult, I began riding horses more frequently, and fell in love with the sport as well as all it taught me. I also love spending time with my dog, Sasha, and being outdoors more generally, doing things such as backpacking, camping, and hiking.
I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and am also fully trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT). I do offer traditional DBT telephone skills coaching for an additional fee.
I now specialize in treating all forms of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. My subspecialty is working with those with borderline personality disorder who may self-injure or feel suicidal.
I have received the designation of Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), awarded by the Internationa Association of Eating Disorder Porfessionals (IAEDP). Furthermore, I have been certified in the Equine Growth and Learning Association's (EAGALA) Equine Assisted Psychotherapy since November of 2015.