MS, LPC, NCC, ACS
This quote is one of my favorites and one that I believe represents the therapeutic environment that I work to create with my clients. Using a nonjudgemental environment we explore current patterns of behaviors, how they developed, and look to make meaningful change in order to create the life you hope to live. We are all doing the best we can to get through life while using what we know. Using a relational approach to therapy I help clients explore skills they did not know before in order to help their goals become a tangible reality.
When I first entered the counseling field about 10 years ago, I managed to work with a wide range of ages from children to adults, including both men and women. Despite the differences in the people I was working with I often heard similar struggles expressed. The statement I heard from clients went something like this: “I logically know I shouldn’t feel this way, but I just can’t help it”. My clients felt stuck! After this I decided that I wanted to learn more about how to help my clients with this struggle. I too had been doing the best I could as a therapist, but I knew there was more to learn to support my clients. I began to do more extensive trainings in the area of trauma. Both major traumas and even more subtle life traumas can cause disconnect in how we feel emotionally and what we “believe” logically. In 2012 I was weekend one and two trained in Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) by an EMDRIA approved provider which is the EMDR International Association. This technique has allowed me to guide the therapeutic process in a way that helps clients find relief when they feel emotionally "stuck" despite what they "logically" believe. In addition to EMDR I utilize DBT in my work. I received foundational training in DBT in September 2013 through Behavior Tech (Dr. Linehan’s research and training company) and believe that DBT provides an excellent foundation to my EMDR work with clients. I have also received level one training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with its founder Dan Hughes, which works to heal past trauma within the safety of the therapeutic relationship. I incorporate all of these techniques to help my clients heal and grow.
I have a wide range of experience treating issues relating to trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, mood swings, impulsivity, self-esteem and other life stressors. I immensely enjoy the work that I do and hope that my passion for therapy can be felt when you meet me. I consider it a privilege to share in my client’s life experiences and feelings of vulnerability. I consider myself your supportive partner on your journey of healing; sharing what I know and encouraging your accomplishments as you grow.
I have over 10 years of experience in the counseling field and currently hold a supervisory position within a hospital based women's trauma program. I am licensed in the state of New Jersey as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor, (ACS) and a Certified School Counselor.