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Born in Lisbon, Portugal I was raised in Portugal and the U.S. Prior to becoming a clinical psychologist, I worked as an international policy analyst, traveling throughout Latin America, Asia, and Europe. I also lived in Brazil for a year, and worked with environmental groups in Venezuela. I am fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. I received my bachelor's degree in Geography from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo, and my master's degree from the San Diego State University.

I obtained my Doctor of Psychology degree from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where I was trained in psychological assessment and traditional psychodynamic therapy technique. I completed training practica at an inner-city, residential substance abuse treatment facility, and at a private practice providing psychological assessment services for immigrants seeking legal status in the U.S. I subsequently moved to Seattle to complete an internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Fremont Community Therapy Project in Seattle.

I was the Washington State representative to the American Psychological Association's Council of Representatives, the association's governing body from 2016-2020. During that time, I was elected to be the Early Career Representative to the APA Council Leadership Team. I am also a member of APA Divisions 56 (Trauma), 35 (Psychology of Women), 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues), 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), and 52 (International Psychology). As of January 2023, I am a Member-at-Large on the Division 56 Executive Committee.

Please consult my curriculum vitae for further information about my background.

Former Co-Therapist (2016-2021)

Roxie was a Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) who was previously a show dog, having earned one "Major" title and birthed four litters of Sheltie puppies. Certified as a Canine Good Citizen, she enjoyed being a co-therapist in my office in Seattle, especially sitting next to my clients and raising her paw when she wanted to be pet. Unfortunately, my Washington, D.C. office does not allow therapy animals to attend sessions. 

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