Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I empower individuals to overcome personal obstacles to improve their lives by providing a unique individualized treatment plan for each client. I have been working in the mental health field since 2009. I use clinically tested and evidence-based interventions as well as a personal and warm approach to help my clients overcome symptoms of trauma, anxiety, depression, as well as mood disorders. I have experience working with young adults with ADHD to help with executive functioning.
I have extensive training in helping clients who have experienced trauma, loss, or difficulty coping with change. I was a clinical member of the Critical Incident for Stress Management (CISM) team that provided trauma treatment and support to first responders. I have a background in forensic treatment and evaluation and court testimony.
I understand how difficult it can be to take our first steps into seeing a therapist. I believe we grow through our own adversities and at times need to be nurtured and challenged. I have experience working with a broad demographic that ranges from children to geriatric. Let me help you in regaining your confidence to create a better version of yourself.
BSW - Social Work, Western Connecticut State University
MSW - Social Work, Adelphi University
Social work was not my first passion in life. I grew up professionally singing opera since the age of 14. I was a student at the Hartt School of Music while actively performing in New York City and Italy. I grew up with the guidance of a very altruistic family who taught me the qualities of what humanity stood for. During my earlier college years, I experienced adversity with people close to me and began taking human behavior courses, where I had a professor who was very proud of her services as a social worker. This professor influenced me to change my focus to social work and I have never once regretted my decision.
Human behavior is interesting as it constantly changes and evolves as the world progresses. It is motivating that my profession enables me always to be educated and challenged. It is important that the service I am providing is from a model that has worked through evidence-based research, demonstrating success in helping people grow through their hardships within themselves.
I have many interests that I like to partake in. I love the New York Yankees, Buffalo Bills, and Buffalo Sabres—I am a big sports fanatic. When I am not watching sports, I play with my six animals—two dogs, two cats, and two birds. I am a big foodie and love to try new restaurants. I have even traveled to different countries to experience their culture and cuisine. I am passionate about theater and love to attend Broadway shows and the Metropolitan Opera.
It is important to find time to gather your peace. I make sure to start my day in a quiet room with my coffee and perform self-reflection.
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. The book is interesting and motivating as it challenges the mind to critical think about our decisions and life in general.
Paws of War. This organization provides therapy dogs to veterans for medical and emotional needs. I believe animals provide comfort, emotional support, a sense of purpose, and responsibility.
I engage daily in an all-women's workout program that provides me with community as well as self-care.
Yes! I have two dogs, two cats, and three birds. My favorite pet story was when we adopted one of the dogs from a mom-and-pop shelter, my husband and I did pro-Bono work for the family by helping them fix their roof and their kennels.
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