Bio, Interest, & Experience
I have had the pleasure of living, working, and training throughout the United States and Europe. After recently relocating from Colorado, I am excited to bring my experience and services to the Nashville area in Tennessee. I am a Clinical Psychologist, Health Service Provider, licensed in Tennessee, Washington State, and Colorado, with over 17 years of clinical experience. Throughout my experience as a clinician and clinical psychologist I have assessed and treated individuals from vastly different cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic, economic, and developmental backgrounds. Helping all of my clients move beyond their trauma, loss, & life struggles, to a place of empowerment, with a clearer inner sense of direction and purpose, and a greater sense of peace continues to be the greatest motivating factor throughout my career.
The foundation of my training and practice stems from Empirically Based Treatments (EBTs) and applying them in real world settings. As such, I am formally trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a cognitive behavioral treatment originally developed for chronically suicidal individuals with the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT is now considered to be the gold standard of treatment for this population1. Similarly, my training includes behaviorally-based, mindfulness treatments for anxiety and depression disorders that have historically been treatment resistant.
Through my continuing interest in EBTs my practice led me to work with active duty service members and their families at the Stuttgart Army Behavioral Health Clinic located at the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. After a PCS (permanent change of station) with my new family back to the United States, I began my own private practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In Colorado, I continued to see active duty service members, retirees, and their family members, and non-military clients with a wide array of life transitions, challenges, and struggles.
The greatest joys in my life have been delighting in my two little miracles, a 20-month-old and a highly inquisitive 6-year-old, as well as my marriage -to a most un-military, Buddha-esque, retired Army officer. The next best thing to spending time with my family is seeing my clients regain their confidence, sense of self and purpose, and strengthen their relationships.
When I'm not in the office, I make every effort to squeeze in a good run
-preferably a long one, as well as read, and play with my kiddos.
Practicing clinical psychology since 2000
Bachelor’s of Science in Education with honors from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana 1998
Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago 2005
2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dialectical Behavior Therapy from the Evidence-Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, 2006-2008.
Supervision from Behavioral Tech trainers & former postdoctoral fellows
Weekly didactics with Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP
Clinical Psychologist under the US Army Medical Department, Europe Regional Medical Command (ERMC) at the Stuttgart Army Health Clinic in Stuttgart, Germany, 2008-2011
Clinical Psychologist in private practice 2014-Present
Tennessee Psychological Association
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
National Register of Health Service Psychologists
1What is DBT? (n.d.). Retrieved June 09, 2017, from
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