Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I walk with my clients on their path towards optimal mental health and wellness, and help them work through transitions as they make important life-changing decisions. I have 15+ years of experience working with clients across the lifespan. I have a Master's in School Psychology and a PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in NY.
I have a warm and supportive approach and work with clients' strengths to empower them and reach their goals. I work with young adults navigating careers and relationships and adults with parenting and health concerns, relationship concerns, and career changes. I enjoy working with couples who want to strengthen their relationships and improve communication. I have experience with diverse clients and clients in the LGBTQ+ population. I specialize in depression, anxiety, trauma, and self-esteem issues. I have a depth and breadth of experience and welcome clients of all backgrounds.
MS - Psychology, Roberts Wesleyan College
PhD - Counseling and Counselor Education, University of Rochester Warner School of Education
I decided to go back to graduate school to learn more about psychology, child development, and mental health counseling to learn the skills and obtain education to enhance my natural desire to help others. I am a good listener, am warm and supportive, and use my life experience and education to work with others in a meaningful way. I have a passion for helping my clients become empowered, feel less helpless, and live the best life they can. I love my work.
I am a very creative person and enjoy art, interior decorating and design, and music. I enjoy spending time with family and friends and love my rescue cats.
I meditate daily to gain clarity of thought, and talk regularly to my closest family and friends. I listen to my favorite music and like to do yoga and go outside for fresh air and sunshine as much as possible.
I read professional books and refer to them frequently. One of the most powerful books I enjoy is The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk. It is a book I have used in graduate psychotherapy courses, and one I recommend to clients regularly. The author talks about how trauma experiences often exhibit as physical pain and illness.
I have adopted several rescue pets in the past, and have a soft spot for the organizations I adopted my animals from. (Pitty Love Rescue, Big Dogs Big Hearts, Hearthside Cats, Lollipop Farm). I am a real animal lover and admire those who rescue and take care of abandoned and sick animals and nurse them back to health.
I listen to all kinds of music and sometimes dance to recharge. My favorite thing to do is decorate, make decorations, paint and refurbish old furniture, and sing (for my own pleasure).
I currently have two cats and a blue parakeet. I had two rescue dogs but they have crossed the rainbow bridge. I have wonderful memories of when my dogs Cali and Hannah were still alive and I adopted two young cats. My dream in life was to have cats and dogs that got along and were best buddies. My dream came true and I have many photos of the pets snuggling and playing together. My shepherd mix, Hannah, was very maternal and protective of the cats, Midnight and Snuggles. If the cats would try to escape, Hannah would immediately run outside and herd them in. She was a great dog and I miss her and her buddy Cali very much.
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