“My goal is to help you listen to yourself through gentle awareness in order to heal the wounds or circumstances that cause unpleasant emotions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began my career as an early childhood educator working with abused children. From there, I decided to get my social work degree so that I could provide therapy for kids. I received my social work degree in 1996 and have worked with children, adolescents, and adults, with a special focus on those who were abused or traumatized as children. It is this perspective that helps me help clients understand how family of origin issues and developmental stress may be affecting their current-day functioning. For many years, I was a supervisor of the New York State Crime Victims Program where I worked with women and children in domestic violence shelters and those who had experienced sexual trauma or assault. I also have many years of experience with clients diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. I am trained in Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, CBT, expressive creative arts therapies, mindfulness, and meditation, and I am a certified motivational interviewer trainer.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that everyone has inner resources and strengths that enable us to heal and live healthy, joyous lives free from anxiety, depression, and worry. Our emotions are wonderful guides that can help us achieve the life we want if we only listen to them. However, most of us are not taught to listen to our emotions but rather push them away, especially if they don’t feel good. My goal is to help you listen to yourself through gentle awareness in order to heal the wounds or circumstances that cause unpleasant emotions. Through compassionate guidance, I use several body-mind modalities, such as Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, CBT, expressive creative arts therapies, mindfulness, and meditation, to assist my clients in overcoming challenges and living fulfilling lives. If you have found your way to my profile, know that you have all the inner resources and strengths needed to heal. My role is to help you access them.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about the developments in mental health that have occurred as a result of the Adverse Childhood Experience Study and understanding the neurobiology of trauma and toxic stress. This has changed the mental health landscape from asking the question of, “What is wrong with you?” to, “What has happened to you?” From this perspective, we can understand that our early childhood experiences have shaped who we are today, both emotionally and physically, and how the mind and body are intimately connected.
“Through compassionate guidance, I use several body-mind modalities, such as Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, CBT, expressive creative arts therapies, mindfulness, and meditation, to assist my clients in overcoming challenges and living fulfilling lives.”