I consider it an honor to assist you through your process of becoming conscious of and utilizing your strengths, integrating the aspects of yourself, and discovering and revering your true Self. My goal is to provide support, encouragement, compassion, and unconditional positive regard to adults, children, adolescents, and families while guiding them to find their inner resources and true Selves so that they may heal, grow, and learn to thrive in life. Specialties include: trauma resolution, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, self-care, mindfulness/spirituality, substance abuse, stress, family problems, parenting issues, child/adolescent behavioral problems, foster care/attachment issues, grief/loss, self-harm/cutting behavior, and relationship issues.
I work with adults and seniors. I specialize in healing the effects of trauma including car accidents, falls, emotional and/or sexual abuse, also emotional, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, somatic - or body based complaints grief/loss, parenting issues, attachment issues, assists in through life transitions. I assist my clients in balancing life concerns through an integrative strength based approach - the individual will be able to access and implement their identified resources.
I have been trained in Somatic Experiencing - trauma resolution work utilizing the felt sense, attachment work trained through - Diane Heller, and trained as an Alexander Technique Teacher - movement reeducation to ease chronic tensions/pain. I am also an adoptive parent with two adoptees.
People often feel alone and overwhelmed with life stresses and struggles. My goal is to provide a safe, supportive place to talk about concerns and assist in resolving difficulties. I have 20 years of experience and have practiced in New York State, Tennessee, and Virginia. I have experience working with both children and adults in a variety of settings, with 10 years of experience working with military veterans. Specialties include: trauma, PTSD, sexual assault, abuse including childhood abuse and domestic violence, depression, anxiety, self-care, and relationship issues. My therapeutic approach is grounded in the psychodynamic perspective but is also holistic and integrative, meaning that elements of different theories are integrated into my practice. What works for one client may not work for another. I use the therapy tools that are best suited for each individual client and problem. Warmth, compassion, and humor are also a part of who I am and I bring this to my work as well.
I work with children, adolescents, and adults, in individual counseling and family therapy. Families are included in the therapeutic process as a means to heal emotional wounds, and rediscover joy through mutual understanding and communication. I also actively welcome clients of diverse backgrounds to my practice.
Specialties include: anxiety and depression, substance abuse, gender/sexuality, men’s issues, behavioral problems in children/adolescence, self-care, mindfulness/spirituality, attachment/family issues, and trauma resolution.
My therapeutic approach is strengths-based and draws from the perspectives of psychodynamic theory, mindfulness, system’s theory, cognitive-behavioral, and Adlerian therapy. I have extensive experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings, including school-based therapy, sexual health counseling, domestic violence, and wilderness therapy.
I earned my Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013, and completed specialized training in mindfulness meditation at the Penn Institute for Mindfulness.
I empower individuals and families to overcome personal obstacles by assisting in identifying inner strengths and exploring ways to make changes in their lives that will provide hope for a brighter future. One of my passions is uplifting minority communities; I have a deep appreciation for the collaborative process that counseling can provide, with the aim of achieving goals individuals have set for themselves.
Specialties include: anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), parenting issues, child/adolescent behavior issues, interpersonal social skills, mindfulness/spirituality and relationship issues. She is particularly interested in empowering the minority community and increasing their utilization of mental health services.
Her clinical knowledge includes: Crisis Counseling, Play Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Individual and Family Counseling, Motivational Interviewing and working with families involved with the Department of Social Services.
No matter what brings you to therapy, I adhere to Carl Jung's premise that every client is unique and needs individualized treatment in therapy. The first few sessions of therapy involve thorough assessments of past and present issues including information about your family of origin as well as your current struggles. The key to the assessment stage of therapy is examining how your core beliefs about life and the subsequent painful emotional states are rooted in childhood or early life circumstances and repeat over time. The treatment phase of psychotherapy involves helping you develop insight into your unmet needs, distorted beliefs, unhealthy patterns of behavior, defenses, feelings and longings then make incremental changes in your life. This is the process of becoming aware or conscious. Often in sessions, I will help you access more of what is hidden from your conscious awareness but lies dormant in your unconscious. The unconscious is the place where some of the more difficult inner conflicts reside. It is also the place that holds the greatest potential for lasting change. The unconscious can be accessed through dreams, meditation and the body. Once you begin to understand more of your unconscious behavior and feelings, your authentic Self can emerge with all of its healing power. Once you access your deepest Self, you can begin to live happily and effectively in the world--despite outer circumstances.