My passion for helping people began when I was very young. I loved growing up in Vermont, where I ran in the woods and climbed tall trees, but my childhood was not easy. I started to see a therapist when I was 14 years old, and she was so helpful to me that I decided to help people too. I started volunteering for community agencies and served on mission trips that provided care to those who were suffering.
I have loved living in various places all over the world. For the last 25 years, I called Raleigh, North Carolina home. I now live in New York and commute between the two states. I am happily married with a daughter and two dogs. I love to spend time with family and friends in nature. In my free time, you will often find me working on a wood project, or out in the yard working with plants. I find peace and inspiration from reading, drawing, and painting. I am involved in my church, and I volunteer in the community.
I started my career in 1995 working as a residential counselor in a group home for adolescents.
I served in the Peace Corp after earning my Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I helped a community to develop programs for children, youth, and families.
After my services in the Peace Corps, I began my psychotherapy practice in Raleigh, North Carolina. I have over 25 years of experience working in the mental health and addiction fields. Many people that I have seen, experienced some type of trauma during childhood. I have been privileged to help them work through these issues and move forward with their lives.
Practitioners in the medical or mental health fields can have a dizzying array of letters after their names. I have often heard it referred to as “alphabet soup“. Here is some help with decoding my credentials if you are wondering what those letters mean.
I am fully licensed to practice in New York and North Carolina
I am licensed by the New York Department of Education and I am required to attend regular continuing education in order to keep my credentials in good standing.
I am regulated by both the North Carolina Social Work Board and the North Carolina Substance Abuse Board and I am required to attend regular continuing education in order to keep my credentials in good standing.
I am a Certified Social Work Supervisor through the National Association of Social Workers
I continue to learn by attending clinical training programs that are certified through my licensing boards. I am also involved with various networks that help keep me up-to-date with the latest advances in clinical treatment. But most importantly, I learn what works for you, from you! I have also been engaged in my own therapy for many years as well.
I never stop learning!
Areas of Practice
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
- Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)
- Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)
- Family Systems
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Satir Method
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Trauma Focused Therapy
My Therapeutic Style
I begin with creating a safe non-judgmental space. My first step with a client is to look at your goals. We look at the parts of your life that are preventing you from reaching your dreams.
We explore new ways of living
I would consider myself a relationship expert. Be that a relationship with one’s self, intimate partners, or people encountered in daily living. I work through complex issues with individuals, intimate partners, and families. I have helped clients work through trauma histories, addictions, attachment injury, grief, as well as other issues.
Every client’s needs are unique
I use my experience and the therapy tools that I feel best suit my client and their circumstances. This could include Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), spiritual counseling, use of metaphors and analogy, in-session activities, and homework. I find that effective treatment often combines many different therapeutic techniques.