I am a licensed clinical psychologist and ecopsychologist. I received my Ph.D. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University. My doctoral research explored interconnections between the human psyche and the more-than-human natural world. Whether I’m writing, teaching, or practicing therapy, I am rooted in an understanding that humans are part of nature and that connection to the more-than-human natural world and to our own animal rhythms is fundamental to health.
Prior to my doctoral studies, I trained in Lacanian psychoanalysis with GIFRIC (Groupe interdisciplinaire freudien de recherche et d'intervention clinique et culturelle) in Québec for four years. Prior to my doctorate I also worked in inpatient and outpatient settings with individuals experiencing eating disorders and psychotic disorders.
Since 2013, I have provided individual and group psychotherapy to clients facing a wide variety of issues. I enjoy supporting clients who are grappling with all manner of psychological concerns, and I have a particular interest in working with those who struggle with grief/loss, trauma, and self-esteem issues.
I have conducted workshops on social justice-related and ecopsychological topics in settings including the Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit, the Esalen Institute of Big Sur, and the MOSAIC Conference on Intersectionality. As visiting faculty at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, I have offered trainings on community-based strategies for creating inclusive, interdependent, and ecologically wise cultures. I have participated in and co-founded multiple White Accountability Groups and will never be finished leaning into the discomfort of engaging with my own whiteness. I am also an adjunct professor at Duquesne University, where I have taught courses including Developmental Psychology and Psychology and Nature.
My professional pursuits would not be possible without my personal commitments to laughter, wildness, and continually unlearning what I thought I knew. Outside of work, my favorite ways of tending to my spirit include meditation, revisiting the pivotal books of my childhood, and camping – preferably with a clear view of stars.