“As a clinician, I believe that one of the most important components of psychotherapy is having an environment that is supportive, trusting, validating, and compassionate.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a young child, psychotherapy played a beneficial and healing role in my life. During my parents’ divorce, I began meeting with a therapist who created a trusting and therapeutic space for me to openly explore my feelings. My own therapeutic experience, coupled with my curiosities about the complexities of the human mind, laid the foundation for me to become a clinical psychologist. It’s been a lifelong passion for me to create a trusting space for others to safely explore their feelings, accept, learn, heal, and grow from the power of the therapeutic experience. Throughout the years, I’ve worked in various inpatient and outpatient facilities, traumatic brain injury units, nursing homes, and crisis hotlines. I’ve been a private practice psychologist for over twenty-five years. I’m also a certified trauma therapist and a certified group psychotherapist.
What should someone know about working with you?
The fundamental core of my practice is the belief that each individual has the capacity for wisdom, growth, and change with respect to his/her own life. I trust that the potential necessary for change is within each person, but this capacity may not always be evident or accessible. As a clinician, I believe that one of the most important components of psychotherapy is having an environment that is supportive, trusting, validating, and compassionate. I am a trauma-informed therapist and I utilize several modalities, including dreamwork, mindfulness, internal family systems, body-based therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and CBT. My approach is integrative and tailored to the needs of each individual client. I rely on integrity and commitment to help you create a higher quality of life that resonates with your true self.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I value the importance of on-going education, learning, and growth. I attend postgraduate training programs and workshops, I consult with colleagues, and I read books. I also practice mindfulness meditation as a form of personal growth.
In addition to individual therapy, what other types of treatment do you provide?
In addition to individual therapy, I also conduct group therapy. My on-going interpersonal process group provides a safe environment to explore one’s thoughts, feelings, and emotional reactions in response to other group members. The group serves to improve self-awareness, validate one’s experiences, and decrease a sense of social isolation. It also serves to explore and examine interpersonal relationships, struggles, and conflicts, with regards to one's past and present life.
“I am a trauma-informed therapist and I utilize several modalities, including dreamwork, mindfulness, internal family systems, body-based therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and CBT.”