I draw on my background in cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic training, and meditation practice to provide holistic and effective treatment to my clients.
I have a Masters’s degree in Counseling from the College of Staten Island and a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University.
In addition to those educational certifications, I studied at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis for 10 years. I have years of experience working in the New York City public school system as a teacher, an educational evaluator, and as a school social worker.
There have been several associations that have been influential in my professional development. I have been a member of ADEC, the Association for Death Education and Counseling, reflecting my interest in grief and bereavement issues.
At Staten Island University Hospice I worked with individuals experiencing end of life concerns, often visiting clients in their homes. I volunteered with the Red Cross on site during the 9-11 crisis, and continued working with the New York City Fire Department, counseling first responders.
I like to travel and have visited over 70 countries. Recent travels have included Japan, Bhutan, India, Botswana, Thailand and Tibet as well as extensive domestic travel. I have a Yellow Lab named Gracie, and when invited, she has sat in on sessions with clients as a therapy dog. I have a regular yoga practice, and meditate daily. Knitting is a hobby I have returned to recently.