As a teenager I knew I wanted to be in the mental health profession. I studied psychology as an undergraduate and was a research associate for Dr. James Alexander who is the founder of Functional Family Therapy and this experience introduced me to the field of family therapy. I was familiar with individual therapy but always felt that something was lacking when the system in which the individual lives was not considered part of the treatment unit.
From there I found Marriage and Family Therapy and its unique systemic approach to relationships. I was on Dr. Sandra Stith's research team and worked on interpersonal violence/child maltreatment projects. At the same time I interned at two community clinics and worked with a wide variety of families and individuals. I graduated in 2005 with a Masters of Science in Human Development, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. After graduation I worked with adolescents and their families for several years.
After taking a substantial break from school while raising three young children, I returned to school to pursue a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy.
My research is focused mainly on attachment in adult relationships. My clinical specializations are couples therapy and trauma.
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