Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Tori is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and completed her education at the National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Prior to her completing her Master of Social Work, she was conferred her Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Catholic University and also completed a Certificate for Pastoral Ministry. Tori previously served as a clinical instructor at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry to cofacilitate a course for medical student cohorts with a focus on professional development and assessment skills. She also holds a Board of Oncology social worker certification, and is a licensed psychotherapist in both Washington, DC and Virginia.
During her career in outpatient oncology, Tori advocated and walked alongside many families through the process of diagnosis, treatment, end-of-life, and managing grief. Individuals suffering from chronic illnesses are often overwhelmed with numerous challenges, including family system dynamics, and the tumult of intense and fluctuating emotions of fear, anxiety, depression, anger and anticipatory grief. These challenges also arouse existential questions regarding the meaning of life and questions about personal faith. Tori’s experiences as a therapist have inspired her counseling style as one where there is space for client’s to process these important questions about our self, others and the world without judgment.
Tori’s counseling approach uses solutions-focused and cognitive behavioral therapies with a foundational perspective through the lens of attachment theory and family system relationships. She specializes in clients over the age of 18, and is very passionate about counseling young adults who are suffering from disabling anxiety, depression, and grief, or otherwise needing counsel due to chronic illness, caregiving responsibilities, end of life issues, or spiritual distress.
Tori has completed training through the Enriching Communication Skills for Health Professionals in Oncofertility (ECHO) program from Moffitt Cancer Center and Sensitive Practice Training through Mount Sinai Health System. She has presented lectures on spirituality, the importance of self-care for those with chronic illness, how to tell the children about cancer, and how to support the mental health of cancer patients and their caregivers going through CAR T-cell immunotherapy treatment.
In her free time, Tori enjoys exploring coffee shops, farmers markets, and restaurants around Fredericksburg with her husband and daughters. To decompress she loves to watch her chickens from the back porch with her dog, Hunter.