I am a clinical psychologist in private practice in Durham, North Carolina and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill. I specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). My approach to psychotherapy is collaborative, creative, evidence-based, results-oriented, flexible, and holistic.
People often arrive at psychotherapy when they want to deal with problems, alleviate emotional suffering, make a change, move in a new direction, or find well-being. I try to balance acceptance and change, acknowledging that the first step towards change is accepting reality. I think the therapeutic relationship needs to be a real and genuine connection. I value being kind, genuine, thoughtful, direct, honest, and playful as a person and a therapist. My practice integrates multiple approaches to psychotherapy including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based psychotherapy, and person-centered psychotherapy with a focus on helping you identify and move towards your goals.
As you read through my website, please feel free to call or email me to get a sense of me and my approach. I believe that finding the right therapist is particularly important for psychotherapy to be meaningful and effective. I am happy to talk you through any questions or concerns, and keep in mind, one of the best ways to evaluate fit is to come in for an initial meeting.