I am licensed as a psychologist in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland and recognized by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. I utilize several therapeutic modalities in my practice including cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and psychodynamic techniques. My approach is always collaborative, respectful, and holistic.
I received my bachelor’s degree in biology from John Carroll University, and a master’s degree in psychology and doctoral degree in counseling psychology from The University of Akron. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the University of Maryland Counseling Center, widely considered a pre-eminent counseling psychology training program. I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Counseling Psychology, the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, and the Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists. Additionally, I am a certified federal job search trainer and federal career coach.
I have conducted career and mental health counseling since 1995, beginning with supervised clinical training at The University of Akron, Baldwin-Wallace College, and the University of Maryland. At these institutions, I worked with a diverse range of students and alumni presenting a variety of mental health and career concerns. During my clinical internships, I supervised masters-level students who were developing their counseling skills.
For 17 years I worked at Georgetown University, consistently ranked among the top universities in the United States, and served as executive director of the Georgetown University Career Education Center from 2006 to 2017. During this time, I coordinated all aspects of career service delivery including career counseling, employer development, networking events, and career fairs. I was called upon by local and national press to share perspectives on the ever-changing world of career development and job transition. I served as president of the BIG EAST Career Consortium and organized events for students from the BIG EAST schools, including networking events at Madison Square Garden.
For 10 years I maintained a private practice in Alexandria, VA where I worked with adolescents and adults. My areas of specialization include the integration of mental health and career counseling, relationship concerns, career transition, premarital counseling, men's health and wellness, depression, and anxiety.
I utilize a number of assessments in my work including the Strong Interest & Skills Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Symptom Checklist-90, Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory, California Psychological Inventory, Personality Assessment Inventory, FIRO-B, genograms, and vocational card sorts.
As a counseling psychologist, my clinical work is always informed by state of the art outcome research. I have published empirical research in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Counseling & Development, Journal of Vocational Development, and Psychology of Men and Masculinity. I created the Learning Experiences Questionnaire, a career assessment which has been used in published research and translated into several languages. Additionally, I wrote a chapter on career values discernment for the book The Role of Values in Careers.
I serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Career Development and as an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Counseling Psychology where I review research articles for these two influential scientific journals. I have given peer-reviewed psychological presentations at the American Psychological Association and the National Career Development Association conventions.