To me, I think this quote perfectly summarizes what it means to be in therapy. It is one of the most difficult endeavors for someone to be a part of, and is made even more strenuous by the fact that others often cannot physically see the work that is being done. But with this work, I have seen that clients often discover strength and fortitude that they were unaware that they already had! Finding the right therapist and type of therapy to guide you on this path of growth is such an important decision.
When I was first introduced to DBT in 2016, I was extremely intimidated. There was so much to learn, memorize and know and I swore I would never be able to keep up with my coworkers. After some time, I observed, learned and became immensely dedicated to this work and this therapy. I found a modality of treatment that felt "right," and my passion and love for DBT has been monumental in my dedication to this work! It amazed me back then (and still does) that the skills taught in DBT are so applicable to every day life, despite what one is struggling with. I have enjoyed learning how to apply these skills and principles to my own life over the past few years, and I look forward to helping you or your loved one apply the skills and see HUGE changes as well!
People always ask me why I became a therapist - "isn't it so hard?" Yes it is challenging work, but the reward far outweighs all difficulties. The same is true for being a client in therapy, especially in DBT. It is incredibly difficult work, and it takes a great deal of vulnerability and bravery. I try to never take for granted how lucky I am to be able to guide clients along the past toward growth, healing and a life worth living. I aim to create a safe, honest, and nonjudgmental environment within my sessions.
I earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and obtained a Master's degree in Clinical/Mental Health Counseling from Holy Family University. During the winter and spring of 2018 I completed DBT core training wit Dr. Essie Larsson, and I have been working for the past two years in a Women's Trauma program, utilizing DBT with clients in groups and individually. I have seen first hand the profound impact that DBT, willingness and compassion can have on someone.
Outside of work, I recharge by spending time with family and friends, drinking coffee, petting any dog I can find, and traveling.