I am a psychoanalyst, a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) and a board certified art therapist (ATR-BC). I earned a Bachelor's of Science in psychology and gender studies from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, a Master's of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM, and a doctorate in Psychoanalysis from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, CA.
I began working in community mental health in 2004 with survivors of sexual abuse and trauma. Much of this work involved crisis and trauma intervention with victims of sexual violence. Later my clinical focus expanded. In 2009 I pursued additional training at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality to deepen my clinical understanding of variety of sexual issues like infidelity, difficulties related to pornography or compulsive sexual behavior, as well as ways to facilitate strong connection, communication, and sustained passion in long-term relationships.
In 2017 I completed a doctorate in relational psychoanalysis, a contemporary approach to therapy that pays close attention to the ways in which current and formative relationships impact our on-going sense of self and self-esteem. My academic writing explores some major areas of clinical interest: sexual subjectivity sexual trauma, pornography, infidelity, and alternatives to traditional coupledom.
I am currently the Director of the Human Sexuality program at Southwestern College, where I also teach and supervise Master’s level graduate students in the art therapy and counseling program. Additionally I teach in the psychology department at Northern New Mexico College and am on faculty at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, CA..