I am a clinical psychologist and writer. I am passionate about bringing healing to people who have experienced loss or enduring life stress. I pursed this passion by spending the past eight years studying stress, emotions, moods, vulnerability, and resilience, publishing several articles in leading psychology and psychiatry academic journals and collaborating with researchers across the country. I have helped my patients, who include children, adults, and families to incorporate skills for coping with emotional pain and stress so that they can live lives of greater peace, wholeness, and joy.
As each individual has different needs, I incorporate perspectives from a breadth of best practices and evidence-based treatments based on innovative research, including cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and dialectical based approaches, mindfulness, and behavioral psychology into my work to help best enhance the lives and well-being of my patients, clients, and readers.
My educational background includes a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland, followed by a clinical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. As a young student, when asked what I wanted to do with my career, my answer was clear: 1) I want to write books that give rise to wisdom and hope, and 2) I want to help bring research on emotional and behavioral health into actual, real world practice to build a more promising future for children, adults, and families.