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. I am a certified Brainspotting clinician, I have advanced training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness based practices. 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 engaging in mindfulness, brain-body and/or 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 and trust are vital, as a trauma focused therapist it is my hope that you will learn to find and cultivate that safety and trust within yourself and your life. Our work together will be focused on creating a supportive place for your healing , your exploration of emotions and current stresses, widening your window of tolerance and improving the quality of your life.
“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” — Khalil Gibran
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in treating trauma (including PTSD and C-PTSD), anxiety and self-esteem issues. I am certified in EMDR (with EMDRIA) and Attachment-Focused EMDR (with the Parnell Institute). I am also a master practitioner in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and trained in mindfulness/somatic practices, including ego states/parts work, 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 holistic and integrative to help you identify recurring patterns, heal from trauma, and make positive changes in your life and in relationships.
Intensive trauma-focused therapy incorporating EMDR and ART is also offered.
As a dedicated and compassionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I am committed to helping individuals on their journey towards healing, growth, and empowerment. With specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), trauma-informed care, and a profound belief in the power of strengths-based approaches, I strive to create a safe and supportive therapeutic environment where you can thrive.
I understand that life's challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming, leading to emotional distress and uncertainty. In my practice, I embrace a trauma-informed lens, recognizing that past experiences can shape the present. I believe that everyone has inherent strengths and resilience, and my therapeutic approach is rooted in highlighting and harnessing these strengths to facilitate positive change.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cornerstone of my practice. DBT offers effective tools for managing intense emotions, improving relationships, and achieving a balanced life. Whether you're struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, stress or interpersonal conflicts, I am here to guide you through the process of building emotional regulation, mindfulness, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.
Together, we will work to process past trauma and build resilience for a brighter future. Your journey towards self-discovery and healing is unique, and I am here to walk alongside you every step of the way.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 25 years of experience in behavioral health.
My training includes Gestalt Therapy as well as Accelerated Resolution Therapy, and I utilize many other modalities, depending on client needs. Using a holistic, strength based and person centered approach, I work with clients to create a “tool kit” of coping skills and strategies that can be used daily in times of trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, fear, interpersonal relationship issues, and life transitions. Every day, we make decisions that can lift us up, or drag us down. With a BODY MIND and SPIRIT slant, we will build a personalized tool kit, to help you make positive changes in your life.
My approach is direct, warm, compassionate, and open minded. I have worked extensively with the LGBTQAI+ community, trauma, people in transition, setting boundaries, and love to help clients set goals and seek meaning in their lives. I work with people ages 14+, using a lot of creativity in my sessions such as writing, art, drawing and collage. I was a studio artist at Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading PA for ten years. My experience ranges from residential work with chronically mentally ill adults, running a domestic violence program, and community mental health, conducting both individual and group therapies. I also do a lot of psychoeducation with clients, having taught over 50 university level psychology classes both in person and online. I have run workshops for small groups and large, focusing on mindfulness, creativity and healing.
I am seeing clients in person and also for telehealth (only in PA.) Currently I am accepting self pay clients, but am in the process of credentialing with Capital Blue Cross, Highmark Blue Shield, and Medicare.
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