“While I don't necessarily have a favorite demographic, I will say I enjoy working with young adults the most; they are more resilient and brilliant than they often realize.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Social work is my second career; my first was as a magazine journalist. While I enjoyed it and was okay at it, I never found much satisfaction in my work. In fact, it was my volunteer work on weekends that fulfilled me. At one point, I said to myself, "I wish I could make a living helping people." And, voila! I returned to school for my master’s in social work. I loved the field so much that I returned again to school for a PhD.
I'm actually an introvert at heart and a deep thinker. Since I was a child, people have told me I have strong intuition and observation skills. I have worked in a children's residence and in outpatient mental health. My favorite job, however, was as a mental health provider at a kidney transplant center. It was very gratifying to watch my clients learn how to adjust to their new lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
My first session is always a conversation and not paperwork; I send the paperwork afterwards if the client decides I’m a good fit for him/her/them. I do assign homework, so clients should be forewarned. I'm also a professor at heart and work with undergrad and grad students. While I don't necessarily have a favorite demographic, I will say I enjoy working with young adults the most; they are more resilient and brilliant than they often realize.
Do you specialize in any unique areas?
I have extensive experience working with women and couples going through infertility or the adoption process. I also work with families who have already adopted and may be experiencing adjustment issues as well as adult adoptees.
“I have extensive experience working with women and couples going through infertility or the adoption process.”