About Me

I began working in the mental health field in 1988 when I started teaching independent living skills at a community mental health center. After settling into the job, I realized how much I enjoyed working in mental health. I have worked as a Case Manager, Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Specialist, Mental Health Therapist, Staff Therapist, Team Lead and Clinical Director.

After 15 years in community mental health, I moved to full-time private practice. I have been interested in how we divert ourselves away from intense feelings, uncomfortable thoughts and difficult relational interactions. For several years now, I have been studying the nuances of emotional and relational skill development.

I am acutely aware of the multiple aspects of communication: facial gestures, tone of voice, language, types of words, posture, psychological presence, thinking patterns, etc. I like to develop understandings of these processes when I work with individuals and groups by formulating hypotheses of what I think might be going on. When we discuss these ideas, we can begin to pinpoint the emotional, relational and psychological issues we are addressing.

Therapy is about reaching our full potential through self-development in a co-created, engaged process. When we can thrive in emotionally demanding environments, we can have a greater sense of well-being.

Credentials:

Faculty, Center for Group Studies
Reading Program Coordinator, Center for Group Studies
New York, New York

Fellow, American Group Psychotherapy Association
New York, New York

Certificate of Modern Group Leadership
Center for Group Studies, New York

Certified Group Psychotherapist
International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists, New York

National Certified Counselor
National Board for Certified Counselors

Certificate in Minority Mental Health
University of Washington, Seattle

Education:

Master of Arts, Applied Behavioral Science
Bastyr University

Bachelor of Arts, Economics
University of Notre Dame