“As the mother of four sons and a grandmother of five (ranging in age from infant to teens), I understand parenting issues and family concerns from the view of a therapist and a parent; this contributes to my successful work with clients.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I always wanted to be a therapist. I began working as a clinical therapist in a methadone maintenance clinic, which was challenging, rewarding, and — at times — heartbreaking. Next, I became a school psychologist and I loved it. I worked with all facets of the child's life, including teachers and parents. After that, I became a school principal, giving me a deeper understanding of the magnitude of school pressures on the family. Finally, I decided to go into private practice, enabling me to combine the vast experience that gives me a unique perspective when helping parents and teens navigate the often complex and tumultuous years of adolescence and family life. In addition, I facilitate parenting workshops and groups for women approaching retirement or experiencing empty nest syndrome.
As the mother of four sons and a grandmother of five (ranging in age from infant to teens), I understand parenting issues and family concerns from the view of a therapist and a parent; this contributes to my successful work with clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
I offer supportive cognitive behavioral therapy with practical solutions in a nonjudgmental and safe space. I want to reassure you that therapy is a comfortable place to explore difficult topics. My goal is to ensure a process of growth, introspection, and insight for each of my clients. I look forward to us working together.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that change is possible for everyone. Sometimes, we get stuck in a mindset and we need help to see our way out in order to achieve a better personal outcome. We all have an internal dialogue that can be either negative or positive and encouraging or discouraging. Changing one’s thoughts, beliefs, and attitude can influence one’s feelings and affect one's behavior.
I believe in our ability to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviors and develop coping strategies to solve current problems and improve our lives. Through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), I help clients explore how emotions and thoughts can affect action and outcome. Sometimes to improve quality of life, one does not need to change one's circumstances; one only needs to take control of his or her own perception of those circumstances.
“My goal is to ensure a process of growth, introspection, and insight for each of my clients.”