Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Division of Social and Community Psychiatry
I counsel individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing difficulties in the areas of behavioral health issues (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, addiction) and life adjustment complications (divorce, job loss, death, trauma). From the holistic/integrative model of helping, I incorporate the teachings of Carl Rogers (person-centered therapy), Aaron Beck (cognitive behavioral therapy), Jon Kabat-Zinn (mind-based stress reduction), Marsha Linehan (dialectic behavioral therapy), and Susan Johnson (emotionally focused therapy).
I run a specialty clinic using virtual reality technology to treat phobias (e.g., flying, public speaking, elevators, storms, heights). The software program used is from Virtually Better (www.virtuallybetter.com/). These sessions are considered in the same category as therapy and, as such, are considered as therapy to most insurance providers.
I am a member of the National Network of Depression Centers (www.nndc.org). NNDC is a network of leading depression centers and academic medical centers that have come together to effect a transformation in the field of mood disorders, making diagnosis affordable, accessible, and acceptable.
I am a clinical member of the team using transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)—an alternative treatment for depression. In 2008, the first rTMS device received FDA approval for selected individuals with Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD). In our clinic, we use the Neurostar device (www.neurostartms.com).
In addition to the many clinical interests, I am trained as an LPC supervisor for the State of North Carolina and am dedicated to sharing my 15 years of clinical experience with students and interns of all disciplines.