“Training in EMDR and TF-CBT has enabled me to utilize various modalities with my clients to encourage change and promote healing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After a 20-year career in sales and marketing and raising a family (of three children), I was able to pursue a second career by becoming a clinical social worker. I’ve always been fascinated by people’s behavior and understanding of what may be the motivation behind it. My experience working with clients who have endured severe levels of trauma led me to a specialization in the healing of trauma. I continued my postgraduate training in eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). Training in EMDR and TF-CBT has enabled me to utilize various modalities with my clients to encourage change and promote healing. This training is also incorporated in my work when counseling couples.
What should someone know about working with you?
Most of the intake process can be done before our first session; I find this to be helpful as I don’t like to waste our valuable time filling out paperwork. During our first session, I invite you to interview me; I want to make sure I’m as great a fit for you as you are for me and my skill set. I utilize a direct and thoughtful approach; I will help you find coping strategies to deal with immediate stressors and help you identify underlying patterns and issues to make lasting change. If you're willing to complete homework assignments, I’m all in. I think homework is a great way to keep your brain engaged in change between sessions.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I had the privilege of completing eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) training in New York City. EMDR is endorsed by the World Health Organization as an effective and empirically-validated treatment for trauma. It is utilized to treat and reduce distress associated with adverse childhood experiences and severe trauma, decreasing symptoms of anxiety and improving adaptability to life stressors. Since 2014, I have trained under supervision at a marriage, family, and individual therapy center where I developed a deeper understanding of couples counseling. I enjoy working with individuals and couples of all ages with specialization in trauma, relationships, and anxiety. My hope is for all clients to achieve wellness through healthy integration of life elements, become empowered in therapy to overcome life stressors, and increase mindfulness for lasting positive change.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most interested in what neuroscience is beginning to teach us about neuroplasticity as studies in this arena have become increasingly popular in the last several years. It was once thought that the brain was fixed and unchanged once we entered adulthood. Research throughout the last few decades has determined that the brain has the ability to change and create new neural pathways. This finding is significant: If the brain has this ability to change, we have the ability to change our ways of thinking and possibly improve our moods.
“I utilize a direct and thoughtful approach; I will help you find coping strategies to deal with immediate stressors and help you identify underlying patterns and issues to make lasting change.”