“I consider all aspects of everyone I treat by trying to understand everything that enables each person’s health and happiness.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After receiving my first bachelor's degree in psychology from Kean University, I went to massage therapy school and started my own business as a massage therapist. I know that may sound strange, but something drew me to working in that field and I did just that for ten years before starting nursing school in 2001. I continued through five levels of nursing degrees and, ten years later, I decided to go back to my roots in psychology, completing my psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner degree at the University of Buffalo. My working experience as a massage therapist, an adult health nurse practitioner, and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner has brought me to this stage in my career. If our paths cross, I believe it was meant to be.
What should someone know about working with you?
On a practical level, I take a comprehensive and integrated approach to clients; I consider all aspects of everyone I treat by trying to understand everything that enables each person’s health and happiness. I emphasize the connection of mind, body, and spirit and believe these aspects are essential contributors toward accurate diagnoses, health outcomes, and humane care.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am a very free spirited person. I've been told that I was probably a hippie in another life. I believe in the right to choose what works best for ourselves and that is what I would like to convey to my clients. With my clinical expertise and knowledge of both medical and behavioral health diseases and disorders, I collaboratively work with each client to come up with an effective plan we both agree on. Most importantly, the plan must be one that the client is comfortable with.
“I believe in the right to choose what works best for ourselves and that is what I would like to convey to my clients.”