Coming to therapy can be overwhelming! Perhaps you are feeling as though you’ve tried EVERYTHING and you still feel STUCK! It takes such a brave and strong person to reach out for help when they know they need it, even if you aren’t sure what therapy is all about. I take a compassionate approach and value the therapeutic relationship above all else. I truly believe that the DBT approach works! What I love so much about DBT is the opportunity to apply a creative twist when it comes to skills training.
My love for Dialectical Behavior Therapy began during my graduate internship at a Women’s Trauma facility. At first, I was intimidated by the DBT approach. There were so many skills to learn, teach, and practice daily. However, the more I learned about DBT, the more I loved it! I ventured out and began working in an Adolescent DBT program treating teens struggling with chronic suicidality, self-harm, eating disordered behaviors, trauma, and mood dysregulation.
I completed the two-part intensive training in DBT from Behavioral Tech (Dr. Linehan’s research and training company) in November of 2014 and May of 2015.). I wanted to further my knowledge in DBT and went on to complete Behavioral Tech’s advanced DBT training with Dr. Alec Miller and Dr.Lorie Ritschel for Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills with Multi-Problem Adolescents in December of 2016.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii in psychology as well as a Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. I am licensed as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of New Jersey and recognized nationally as a Certified Counselor (NCC).
When I am not working with teens and their families, I enjoy going to sporting events, traveling, spending time with family, friends, and playing with my lovable Rottweiler Teddy.