After a long and incredibly fulfilling career in oncology social work, I left the medical field choosing instead to transfer all I have learned into the more personal setting of private practice. This has allowed me the wonderful opportunity to really lean in and focus completely on the one-to-one support I had always been so passionate about but rarely had the time to pursue in the hospital.
Presently my practice is fully remote. I am collaborative, interactive, and always open to feedback as we take this journey together. As far as my clinical approaches, I draw a great deal of inspiration from meaning-centered psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness and self-compassion approaches. Most importantly though, my role is to hold space for you, creating an atmosphere of unconditional support and safety so that, together, we can explore and address the challenges you are facing.
MSW - Social Work, Touro College
It is hard to fully articulate… but there is something incredibly humbling and powerful in just being able to sit and be with someone in those moments of pain, sadness, anger - whatever the big emotions are that must be witnessed and sometimes held for a bit.
I do my best to start every morning by reading for at least a half-hour. After that I do yoga and (if it is a really good day) I can even fit in some meditation before jumping into my sessions for the day.
For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation - this is an amazing group that provides a vacation - all inclusive at a resort in the Pocono Mountain region of PA - for families impacted by a cancer diagnosis. As an oncology social worker, one of my favorite things to do was nominate a patient for these little getaways. It truly was a way to give them some moments of joy within a really tough situation.
So many pets! Presently we have two cats (Seamus and Murphy - brothers) and a lovely red-nose pittie named Ronan.
I have so many memories and stories it is hard to choose just one. Ronan and I completed a class to be a therapy dog team (volunteer at hospitals, schools, etc). However - we failed the exam as one of the requirements was to walk peacefully past another dog. The dog in the test - chihuahua! What? Poor Ronan could not keep it together. He was so intrigued trying to figure out what the heck that little creature was all about. After multiple tries, we were given the sad news that we failed. Such a shame because Ronan is loved by everyone. He is known to often make an appearance during my remote sessions to the delight of all my clients!
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