MA, LAC, NCC
My philosophy matches the previous quote perfectly. I identify with Brené Brown because she helps individuals embrace their vulnerabilities and imperfections so that they can engage in their lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness. Like her, I hope to cultivate courage, compassion, and connection that we all need to build a life worth living.
For families with young children (ages 3-13): I hope to assist parents in understanding their child’s experience, as well as learn skills and therapeutic games to facilitate healthy family attachments by incorporating mindfulness and family therapy into sessions. I utilize creative interventions, play therapy, sand tray techniques, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skill building. I use the Mindfulness Based Family Play Therapy format by Dottie Higgins-Clark from the Family and Play Therapy Center in Philadelphia.
For couples, teens and adults (ages 13+): I strive to help individuals process their feelings of worry, grief, sadness, self-doubt, and self-esteem to achieve emotional wellness. I am committed to helping individuals understand themselves better, love all parts of themselves, and have hope they can create a life worth living and achieve their goals. I was trained by Dr. Alan Fruzzetti, the leader in couples and marriage counseling through the DBT lens, to help couples and families find intimacy, peace, and validation in their relationship.
I hope to provide you with a therapeutic approach that is practical, flexible, and individualized to empower you. I have a warm, compassionate presence that help my clients feel safe and supported. By providing this environment, I aspire to assist clients in developing self-awareness, self-confidence, and skills necessary to make positive changes in their lives.
I have a wide range of experience treating issues relating to trauma, anxiety, sensory processing, depression, mood swings, impulsivity, self-esteem, anger, and other issues. I am licensed in the State of New Jersey as a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and on my way to becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).
I majored in Psychology with a minor in Art and Design at Rutgers undergrad and was part of several research teams that focused on relationships, personality, and aging. I first started seeing clients, ages 3-56, in August 2016, while a graduate student at Messiah College. I majored in Clinical Mental Health and recently graduated from the program (August 2017). I assist another therapist in leading a DBT Skills group for families and adults. In October 2017, I completed my DBT Foundational Training with Behavioral Tech, lead by Adam Payne and Francheska Perepletchikova, the forerunner and developer of DBT-C, a dialectical behavior therapy tailored to meet the needs of children.
A little about me: I have been South Jersey resident since 1992, after moving here from Brooklyn, New York. Born to two immigrant parents from Hungary, we moved from Queens, NY, then to Houston, TX (what a contrast!). I am married to my college sweetheart and have three children - two in college and one a junior in high school. I am a major animal lover and cuddle often with my two Pomeranians. I love traveling and have traveled most of Europe, Israel and the United States. I feed my creative spirit with crafting - scrapbooking, crocheting, drawing, cooking, creating - anything! am an avid reader and enjoy the visual arts, along with culture as a whole (theater, museums, etc.). I LOVE COFFEE and you will usually find me with a hot beverage in hand.