Life experiences brought me from almost twenty years in the field of music into the world of counseling in 1998 when one of my children was diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder. Seeing therapists provide transformative services for my child was both intriguing and inspiring. I wanted to learn more and to be able to help others. Through parenting two children with autism and other mental and physical health challenges, I discovered my strengths, passions, and true self. Along the way, I faced my own anxiety and history of adverse events, learning to identify, manage, and transform the effects of these on my life. My personal journey, including raising two autistic children (now adults) with complex special needs, and embracing my own life challenges, deeply informs my work as a clinician. My growing suspicion of being autistic and having ADHD myself, was confirmed at age 57, providing me with new insights and clarity.
License and Certifications
In addition to these, I have training and experiences with many other practices including Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing(MI), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), mindfulness, and self-compassion.
Education and Work
- Master's degree in psychology, Marist College
- Additional postgraduate coursework: psychopharmacology, chemical dependency, and crisis intervention
- Bachelor's in Human Development, SUNY Empire State
Prior to opening my practice, I worked with individuals, families, and groups in intensive outpatient programs as a therapist and clinical supervisor. I've presented at conferences including the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists, the New York State Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA), and the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS).
I provide training for clinicians in: