“My compassion and belief in those with whom I work are values that anchor my practice; I am here to help my clients navigate the constant onset of challenges and life transitions that shape our lives and the lives of our families.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As twin to a blind sister, I have been drawn to helping others for as long as I can remember. My first two jobs in school systems in rural Colorado and New York City showed me how people’s problems often get defined and addressed by labels that can reflect the bias of providers or arise as the result of insufficient input obtained during the assessment process. I have always enjoyed continued learning and hold a PhD in Social Work from Columbia University, a Masters Degrees in Social Work from the University of Denver (MSW) and from Ohio University (MA). Advocacy on behalf of students and families has led to my career in private practice. My 40-year career as a psychotherapist has included college teaching and research, which enables me to advance my knowledge of the best practices and the most current trends in mental health treatment.
What should someone know about working with you?
My compassion and belief in those with whom I work are values that anchor my practice; I am here to help my clients navigate the constant onset of challenges and life transitions that shape our lives and the lives of our families. Some of these issues include romantic relationships, family relationships, and friendships. Some of us struggle with such matters as low self-confidence, imposter syndrome, loneliness, and perfectionism. My clients also present difficulties navigating changes in life associated with life transitions, including marriage, divorce, graduation, new parenthood, an empty nest, and retirement. We will follow a process that will unravel the pertinent thoughts, beliefs, assumptions, feelings, and behaviors that may sabotage your psychosocial wellbeing.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
In 2020, we were all markedly affected and, likely, had major emotional fallout brought about by the global pandemic. Our future expectations, our timing, our travel, and our physical closeness to those we love most and to those with whom we are accustomed to being with at work and at play have been modified to some degree. As a psychotherapist committed to providing the optimal care to my clients, I am constantly monitoring safety. At the same time, I am assessing very subtle ways that technology alters the experience of psychotherapy and how I might improve the process accordingly. I am prepared and optimistic as I continue my work with clients and I welcome the unforeseen challenges that will continue to present as we all move forward. Space limitations prevent me from presenting examples of ways that our increasing dependence on technology has both negatively and positively impacted the delivery of mental health services. However, I am happy to discuss this matter with anyone who wishes to do so.
“We will follow a process that will unravel the pertinent thoughts, beliefs, assumptions, feelings, and behaviors that may sabotage your psychosocial wellbeing.”