I take a holistic and individualized approach to therapy to help you reach your goals,
whatever they are.
I graduated from the University of Hartford Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology in 1994 with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology degree (Psy.D.) My predoctoral internship was at the Elmcrest Psychiatric Institute, and my post-doctoral training was at a community mental health center in Punta Gorda, FL.
Throughout the years I have worked in outpatient settings, inpatient settings, mobile crisis, nursing homes and early childhood settings. I have conducted clinical supervision with students, interns, post-doctoral fellows and unlicensed clinicians. I have conducted psychological testing in specific settings including persons seeking weight loss surgery and persons pursuing ministry or priesthood.
I currently focus on working with adults of all ages (ranging from young adults to seniors) in individual therapy.
I enjoy working with persons whose nervous systems are more sensitive, who are highly empathic and who may notice subtleties in their environment that others might miss. This is referred to as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). Being highly sensitive is a beautiful gift, but it also comes with challenges. I enjoy helping people learn about themselves; how to value their sensitive traits and also take care of their systems to avoid overwhelm. Because the highly sensitive traits are not widely understood or appreciated, many HSP's have been told they are "too sensitive" in a way that feels hurtful or invalidating. I like to help people re-frame this feedback and heal from any damage caused by negative messages about their systems.
I am enthusiastic about using Internal Family Systems (IFS) to understand and appreciate one's system. IFS is an empowering bio-psycho-spiritual model of self-discovery, unburdening and healing.
In my personal life, I enjoy the outdoors, walking/hiking, yoga, reading, traveling and watching live theater.
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