Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Bethesda, MD
Provides: Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy
Years in Practice: 22
School: The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Capella University
Personal Experience & Biography
As a child, I used to wonder what it takes for people to be truly happy. Although I had the basic necessities of life, like a home, food, and caring parents, I felt that something was missing. Witnessing conflicts and disagreements in my household made me question whether these basic needs were sufficient to ensure happiness. I also found it puzzling that despite being a wealthy country, the United States had high rates of social issues such as drug addiction, suicide, mental illness, divorce, and violence.
My fascination with how our mindset affects our well-being and happiness eventually led me to pursue an M.A. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. However, it was only after completing my M.S. degree in Couple and Family Therapy from Capella University that I began to uncover what truly brings joy, inner peace, and happiness to people.
Through my studies, I discovered that research in psychology, neurosciences, and systemic processes emphasizes the vital role of relationships in our well-being. The quality of our relationships with those closest to us especially plays a significant role in our happiness. As a therapist, I take great pleasure in assisting my clients in finding the happiness they seek by improving the quality of their most essential relationships. I believe that the couple and family framework is also useful when working with individuals seeking therapy, as no person exists in isolation.
I have been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Maryland for two years and was previously licensed as a psychologist in New York for 20 years. My services include individual, couple, and family therapy, and my special interests include conflict resolution, emotional and physical intimacy, intergenerational challenges, and family estrangement.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, going to the theatre, watching documentaries and “heart-warming” movies, and spending time with family and my loving but not very well-trained miniature goldendoodle.