With Master’s degrees in both Clinical Psychology and Acupuncture, I have extensive know-how for using acupuncture to treat both the body and the mind. My interest in psychology began as a child while my father was working at Crownsville State Hospital, a psychiatric facility. My father began to share with me articles, news stories, etc., that focused on a variety of mental health related issues, and I was able to take my first Psychology class in High School. I realized quickly that I had an acute interest and curiosity in the why behind peoples behaviors.
I became interested in Acupuncture after about 15 years of working in the fields of counseling and behavior modification.
I visited the campus of Tai Sophia Institute, located in Laurel, MD and speak it was clear to me that my path was to pursue acupuncture. I have now been practicing acupuncture since 2006.
Unlike much of modern western medicine, Acupuncture does not separate the mind, body and spirit. As a result, in deciding how to treat an individual, assessing their state mentally and emotionally is as important as physically. My experience talking with, listening to, and observing people allows me to accurately begin to formulate treatment strategies that meet the individuals’ need. Having learned how to effectively ask questions, allows me to elicit important information that the person themselves might not be aware of. My Psychology training also comes in very handy when I am fostering in my patients an increased consciousness in their daily lives, and to bring this to their lifestyle decisions i.e. diet/nutrition behavior, stress management, exercise, etc.
I look forward to helping you on your path to wellness.