I earned my MSW from Smith College in 2004. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. I have been working as both a therapist and advocate for social justice for two decades. I am trained and experienced in trauma-informed care and have been working with children and adult trauma survivors since the beginning of my career. Providing psycho-education and teaching tools/strategies for clients with anxiety, mood disorders, distorted thinking patterns, and relational conflict are also specialties. I am an LGBTQ+ affirming practitioner and understand the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ community and their families. Providing a safe space where clients feel seen and heard without judgment is always my priority throughout the process.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
Expect to come away from the first session with: *An action plan for moving forward *Increased hopefulness *At least one new coping skill to use during times of emotional discomfort Long term: * Relief from emotional burdens *A strong skill set and tools to help manage stress and anxiety when it arises *A sense of zest and empowerment to continue the journey of self-discovery
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
Therapeutic methods and tools center around trauma-informed care, mindfulness practice, a strengths/resilience-based perspective, and an overall relational approach.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
My biggest strength is creating authentic relationships and connections with all types of clients. I meet clients wherever they are in their journey of healing and self-exploration. I commit to getting clients where they want to be. Utilizing humor and shared laughter is something I value very much in the therapy space. I utilize a trauma-informed, strength-based, resilience-focused approach. My theoretical framework is firmly grounded in psychodynamics.