“I enjoy working with adults using a mind/body/spirit approach while addressing issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual identity, relationships, and marriage.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have been a clinical social worker for over 27 years in a career I love. I enjoy working with adults using a mind/body/spirit approach while addressing issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual identity, relationships, and marriage. I am the middle child of three and I have always been an "inner hippie" focusing on my love of the earth, drumming circles, yoga practice, and meditation. Clients have shared with me that I am compassionate, down to earth, and that I keep things real. I have worked in many clinical settings, including as a crisis worker in the emergency room, as a case manager on hospital medical units, as a homecare social worker, in inpatient psychiatric facilities, at crisis hotlines, and in a private practice setting working with the LGTBQ community. I believe my years of experience in different settings and my work with many different people have shaped my desire to share myself in my own private practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
Prior to their first session, clients will receive an email via Simple Practice to create a login through the client portal. They can then complete intake documentation that includes a questionnaire, consents for treatment, and HIPAA compliance. During the first session, a treatment plan will be completed with stated goals and timeframe. Homework will occasionally be assigned depending on issues, reinforcement, clarity, and follow-up needs. I enjoy working with adults 18-years-old and older who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual identity, aging, chronic medical issues, couples/marriage challenges, mood disorders, or spiritual purpose.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My own core values of integrity, personal responsibility, cultural awareness, acceptance, and equality have been shaped by my upbringing in a strong Italian Catholic home. I learned from a young age the value of transparency and speaking your truth. I learned the value of hard work and taking responsibility for words and actions. My family has experienced a medical trauma and, as a result, my brother is disabled, which is very humbling. I use a compassionate approach and offer an open mind to clients of all races and genders. We are all human beings who are deserving!
What makes you an amazing therapist and who would be drawn to working with you?
I provide a compassionate approach to every human being who walks in my office or is seen via telehealth. I have an upbeat personality, am down to earth, speak the truth, and provide a safe, calm, and nurturing environment. My passion for connecting with the land and the outdoors comes through in my therapy as I connect and work with clients through the energy of nature and with a focus on the mind, body, and spirit. I work gently with clients who have had trauma and use trauma informed techniques to assist clients working through their trauma. I use mindfulness techniques to draw clients inward, to calm the busy mind, and to relax the body. Clients with curiosity who are open-minded to the use of holistic ideas/practices are drawn to working with me. I also have a passion for working with the elderly and those with chronic medical issues, which comes from being an observer of family members with chronic issues and age-related issues.
“I have an upbeat personality, am down to earth, speak the truth, and provide a safe, calm, and nurturing environment.”