I wanted to be a therapist because I wanted to help people. I longed to create a space where people felt understood and accepted. I have found that being a therapist allows me to do this everyday. Therapy is a chance for you to explore ideas, face fears and most importantly to be reassured that you are not alone.
I obtained my Master of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago and worked in Chicago for a few years before returning to my home state of New Jersey. Throughout the past 7 years of providing therapy to adolescents and adults I have learned that establishing a trusting relationship with my clients and teaching coping skills are equally essential for growth. This is why I love DBT. It does just this - provides a perfect balance of change and acceptance. And isn’t this so true about life? It is a constant balancing act! There are times when we need to rest and times when we need to work. DBT equips people with tools for living a full life. Life is hard, but with DBT my clients have learned to move into a life filled with hope.
In 2015 I received core DBT training with Dr. Esssie Larsson. For the past two years I have been working in a Women’s Trauma and DBT program at a local hospital treatment center where I am witnessing how DBT can transform a life of suffering into a life worth living. I have noticed many clients returning to the treatment center due to a lack of DBT services in this area. I am excited to be part of a team that can start to change this trend and provide the community with more resources to help people build a full, happy life.