Psychology was my first love in the fall of 1987. That college semester, I set my intention to complete graduate school and build a private practice one day – once I felt fully prepared to help people
I completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 1991, my Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology in 1996, and all requirements for licensure in 1998.
But that’s only the beginning of my psychotherapy work experiences…
My career began at Bethany Children’s Home in Pennsylvania where I worked with children who were abused, neglected, or abandoned. Our goal was to provide nurturing, safety, and structure to enable them to excel in their lives.
I continued my passion working with families at risk due to poverty and family histories of abuse/neglect/trauma in Home Based Family Therapy in PA and Chicago, as a therapist and supervisor. Our mission was to give families the necessary tools and resources to stay safe, intact, and to thrive.
Inpatient Psychiatry at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Pennsylvania and Riveredge Hospital in Chicago provided me the opportunity to work with people of all ages with acute psychiatric disorders. I provided individual and group counseling, parenting support groups, casemanagement, and unit programming oversight and coordination.
When I moved to New York City in 2003, I joined the Brooklyn Borough of Community Service supervising a team of therapists in the Prevention Department working with at-risk families.
My knowledge base further expanded when working as a Clinical Care Manager at ValueOptions authorizing and reviewing hospital treatments plans nationwide.
All the while, I continued my education gaining new certificates, trainings, and insights. As an information junkie and avid reader, I’ve trained with some of the greats including Irvin Yalom, Sue Johnson, Janina Fisher, Salvador Minuchin, The Gottman’s, Richard Schwartz, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Albert Ellis, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dan Siegel, Tony Robbins, Esther Perel, and more.
Being a Libra, I needed to ensure all bases were covered prior to going out on my own. After all, the health and wellbeing of others is my first priority and that’s a huge responsibility. How could I provide the level of care I intended without first experiencing all the ways to help a person in need?
In 2009, something clicked and I knew the time was right. I took the leap and started my private practice. It’s grown exponentially since then. My dream is fulfilled. Everyday, I help people who I genuinely admire. I am so grateful to guide the very personal and life changing journey’s with my clients. I can’t imagine doing anything else.