I have been a practicing licensed clinical psychologist since 2001. In addition to private practice, I work at the Counseling Center at Washington and Lee University. I completed my B.A. in Psychology and English from the University of Virginia and my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University. My areas of expertise include women’s issues, eating disorders, diversity, relationship problems, and positive psychology.
Over the past 10 years, I have focused on learning about and developing practices based on mindfulness and self-compassion. I have a daily meditation practice and have read and attended retreats, workshops, and conferences with some of the experts in the field, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ron Siegel, Dan Siegel, Bill Morgan, Jack Kornfield, Kristen Neff, Paul Gilbert, and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of California-San Diego. I have found mindfulness and self-compassion beneficial in helping people cope with negative feelings and painful experiences, which has allowed them to cultivate more accepting, forgiving, and wiser versions of themselves.
Learn more about my own path toward self-compassion on my personal blog, Normal in Training.