How I Help

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist meeting with clients in the Old Town area of Alexandria, Virginia. Originally from Central Florida, I have lived and worked in the Alexandria area for over 25 years. I began my career as an Elementary School Teacher then obtained my master’s degree from The George Washington University in School Counseling. In my private practice, I specialize in counseling services that help my clients reduce stress, anxiety and depression and find greater contentment and well-being.


  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Virginia #0701004905
  • Licensed Elementary Teacher PK-6, Virginia
  • Licensed School Counselor K-12, Virginia


  • Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist
  • Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor
  • Certified Advanced Grief Counseling Specialist

Here is some information about the methods I use in my practice:

Counseling for Adults

I utilize research-based practices that include:

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mind-Body Therapy
  • Expressive Therapies (Journal, art, movement, sandtray therapies)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)

Counseling for Children and Families

I firmly believe that no therapist will ever be as important to a child as their family. Therefore, when I work with a child, the family is closely engaged in treatment. I meet regularly with parents to offer parenting support and recommend family sessions or family therapy as needed to support the work of the child.

To support children and their families, I use the following approaches as indicated:

  • Play Therapy
  • Parent-Child Relationship Therapy
  • Theraplay (registered Trademark)
  • Parent Consultation and Coaching
  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy
  • Social Thinking Curriculum
  • Unstuck and On Target

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