When asked to write my bio, the first thing I asked myself was: “What qualities would I seek in a therapist?”
Here are some of the words that came to mind: trustworthy, honest, caring, non-judgmental, empathetic, good listener, and advocate. These are all qualities that I practice when working with my clients. I understand that it can be difficult to open up when you first start therapy and it’s important to find a “good fit.” That’s why my approach to therapy focuses on building trust and providing a safe space for you to share your story.
Therapy can be challenging work, but it can also be extremely rewarding. As your therapist, I will support and encourage you throughout the process, as well as, challenge you when appropriate. During our sessions, we will work collaboratively on identifying your therapy goals, building upon your strengths, and learning new coping skills. Together, we will work to overcome negative thoughts and behaviors and get you on the path to feeling better about your life!
I do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach to therapy. Therefore, my therapy practices are often very ecelctic. I try to tailor these practices to the individual client and utilize evidence-based practices specific to the issue being addressed. The following is a list of therapy modalities that I use in my practice: Person-Centered; Trauma-Informed; Strengths-Based, Solution-Focused; Motivational Enhancement; Mindfulness; Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP); and Basic Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
I have worked in the behavioral health field for over 15 years. I have extensive experience working with adolescents, adults, families, and couples. I have also worked in various settings, such as inpatient units, outpatient clinics, and private practice. I began my career working as an addictions counselor in New York and later worked as a mental health counselor in private practice after moving to Oregon. I have treated clients with both mood disorders and anxiety disorders, as well as, substance use disorders. However, my true passion is working with women who have experienced trauma/PTSD, such as domestic violence and sexual assault.
I enjoy yoga, meditation, walking in nature, listening to music, dancing in my living room, spending time with my two furballs (Velcro & FooDee), and of course there’s my new hobbie (thanks to Covid) … binge watching shows on Netflix!
Certifications & Affiliations
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) OR
- Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor II (CADC) OR
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) NY
- National Certified Counselor (NCC)
- Licensed with Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
- Registered with Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon
- MSEd, Community Counseling, St. Bonaventure University
- BA, Psychology, Villanova University