I am a Licensed Clinical Social worker with over 25 years of experience in various settings including hospital administration, child welfare, and private practice behavioral health. My goal is to help you uncover your true potential and create a life that is worth celebrating.
While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to help you better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying mindfulness and cognitive behavioral based approaches and techniques, you can learn how to accept your life and start living in the present not the past. You will gain insight into long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
Creating safety is vital, as a trauma trained therapist it is my hope that you will learn to find and cultivate that safety within yourself and your life. Our work together will be focused on creating a safe place for your exploration of emotions and current stresses, improving your tolerance level, and overall outlook on life.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in treating trauma (including PTSD and complex trauma), anxiety and self-esteem issues. I am certified in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). I am also trained in Accelerated Reprocessing Therapy (ART), Flash Technique and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Prior to making the shift into psychotherapy, I was a professor of film and literature and a certified yoga teacher. My therapeutic approach is rooted in the belief that our lives are as rich as the characters and narratives that we find in books and movies. Stress, anxiety, depression and trauma tend to mask our awareness of this richness. Yet, it is the struggles themselves that help us to change and grow. Understanding this paradox is one way to find meaning and purpose in life. My clients benefit from slowing down, tuning in to their inner wisdom, and finding solutions to the stress, emotional pain, or emptiness they experience.
Together we will work to identify behaviors and beliefs that no longer serve you so that you may embrace and live from your strengths and truths. My approach is integrative in order to help you identify recurring patterns, heal from trauma, and make positive changes in your life and in relationships.