I was educated and trained at top medical centers in the United States and have been helping patients meet their goals and improve their quality of life for more than a decade. I am a highly interactive therapist who is very invested in my patients such that I make sure we are doing work each session. It takes courage to come to therapy and consider making changes in your life. I am here as a partner along the way.
I enjoy the process of helping my patients reach their goals and live a life that is true to who they are as unique persons. I enjoy getting to know each person and designing treatment that fits their unique needs and personality traits.
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The first session is an opportunity for patients to share why they are seeking therapy and to provide information about themselves. Sometimes people are uncomfortable taking initiative in the first session, so I ask questions in order to make the process easier. The first session is a time for us to begin creating goals for treatment and discussing a plan for how we will work toward those goals. This process is something we will return to throughout treatment as goals are reached and new goals arise.
Many therapists today undergo minimal training with online degrees and certificate-level therapists surging in popularity. I earned my Ph.D from UTSouthwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, which means that I went through six years of post-graduate training and education in a major medical center. I then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. During my education and training, I wrote and published three book chapters on the treatment of bipolar disorder. My expertise has also allowed me to teach at Loyola University Medical Center's Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University in Chicago, and The University Of Maryland among others.
Throughout my years of working with patients, I have seen a great deal of poor mental health care which drives me further to provide the best possible help I can. In this realm, I am constantly engaged in continuing education to keep abreast of advancements in mental health diagnosis and treatment.
I charge $150 per 55-60 minute session. This fee is below the market standard for someone with my training, but my goal is to create a service that is within reach for those interested in getting high quality care.
I do not take insurance for multiple reasons:
-insurance companies require a diagnosis for patients, which means that many persons receive a diagnosis that is inaccurate and unnecessary
-insurance companies limit session length to 40-45 minutes, which is a full 15-20 minutes shorter than optimal treatment time
-billing insurance companies means that patients do not have control over the confidentiality of their mental health information
While I will not bill insurance companies directly, I can assist patients in seeking out-of-network reimbursement from their insurance provider by printing out a super-bill.
I began my career as a chemist, graduating from the Honor's program with a B.S. in chemistry from The University of Michigan. I then completed two years of a Ph.D program in Organic Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin. It was during my graduate studies in chemistry that I began to learn about mental illness and the power of therapy in helping people change their quality of life. I found a new passion in that and changed my career. I took undergraduate courses in psychology and engaged in research at The University of Texas and then ended up in Dallas to pursue my Ph.D. Because of my chemistry background, I have an analytical and creative approach to helping my patients figure out what motivates them and how they can employ their strengths to reach their goals.