I grew up in Toms River New Jersey and received my Master’s degree in Art Therapy from Drexel University in 2000. I have provided counseling services in a variety of settings over the past 20 years, including community-based outpatient, intensive outpatient and partial care, private practice, and mobile therapy programs. I have worked with children and families involved in child protective services and the Philadelphia Family Court system, with adults suffering from mental health and co-occurring substance dependence and individuals suffering from various traumas and major life events such as divorce, bereavement, career change and identity/sexual dysphoria.
I am experienced and trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy models, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR and Trauma Focused CBT. I am inspired by the potential of the mind and the capacity individuals have for improving their emotional well-being when they are enabled to consciously alter patterns of thought and behavior in the direction of more adaptive cognitions and habits.
I am also passionate about identity, personal growth and interpersonal patterns through the stages of life and seek to motivate my clients to develop and enhance their emotional intelligence, their personal achievements and their communication styles and attachments to family members and significant others. Sexuality, emotional intimacy and relationships are another passion and I am pursuing additional training in these areas.
I find happiness in most creative endeavors including photography, cooking, and drawing and enjoy fostering creativity in my clients as well. As a fitness enthusiast, I adhere to a fitness and nutrition regimen I consider essential to my own well-being and stress management. I believe in a culture of integrated wellness, emphasizing the health of the whole person, including physical fitness, self-care, creativity, and the importance of human connection/support. I feel these components all work together as critical factors contributing to one’s overall physical and emotional health, and satisfaction with life.