PhD, LICSW, CEAP
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Lao Tzu
A note from Ann
I’ve been interested in helping people since I was a child. When problems arose in my own family growing up, I remember wanting to talk about what was wrong instead of sweeping the issues under the rug.
It didn't come as much of a surprise when I majored in psychology during my undergrad time at Drew University (Madison, NJ). Because I knew I wanted to go into the helping profession, I pursued a master’s degree in social work at Columbia University (New York, NY). After a few years of providing employee assistance counseling and account
management for various employers at United Healthcare, I decided to pursue my PhD in social work at the University of Maryland (Baltimore, MD). Now, I’ve been in private practice for over 20 years.
But that's enough about me, I want to learn about you. First, I want to say that I know that it can be difficult to reach out when you need help, but you are not alone. I aim to make our sessions an open, comfortable, and honest environment so you can flourish. I want to lift you up so you can be the best version of yourself. My approach to therapy blends Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Mindfulness-Based Therapy (MBCT), and Strength-Based psychology. Together, we will focus on developing your own personal resilience toolkit, so you have the skills to cope with life’s stressors.
Areas of Expertise
Young Athletes & Their Parents
Training and Organizational Consulting
I help teens and adults who are struggling with a variety of issues whether they're at home, school, or work. Together, we will look at patterns of behavior, your upbringing, environment, and current interactions to determine the next steps for you to take toward a better future. I understand the challenges of parenting, divorce, struggling with anxiety, grieving the loss of a loved one, and dealing with substance abuse and work stressors. We will work to adopt new attitudes and feelings toward life situations by making small changes to self-defeating behaviors that will result in life-altering abilities to cope with feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression.
Our partnership will help you find the happiness you deserve.
I, like many, was apprehensive about going to a therapist to help me deal with the stresses of raising a teenager post-divorce and navigating my childhood traumas that have affected how I handle parenting and my relationships with others. However, the single best decision I made this past year was investing in my growth and seeking Ann's services. One year into weekly sessions, I can already see a profound difference in how I view and respond to situations that used to cause intense stresses or anxiety in my life. Ann makes you feel like you are not the only person going through difficulty and gives you tools to handle situations related to parenting, setting boundaries, and putting yourself first. My only regret is that I didn't connect with Ann years ago.
My daughter is a full-on grown-up. Really kicking butt in work and life, thank the Lord and thanks to therapy with Ann.
- Mother of a patient
Ann definitely made a great impression on our group. I felt happier just seeing her.
- "Make Happiness a Habit" Trainee
Ann is so wonderful, she is approachable, responsive and so knowledgeable. We are so happy to have her.
- Colleague at a previous employer
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