LMFT, LADC, MSW
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor
EMDR Certified Therapist
I believe in the process of change! Change can mean growth and development that results in healing, strength and the reaching of untapped potentials. My therapeutic perspective comes from my intensive masters-level training as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I am a client-centered, systems-oriented and trauma-informed professional. Depending on the client or clients’ presenting situation and particular needs, a variety of specific interventions can be used to support growth, awareness and change within the individual, couple or family system. I believe everything serves a purpose, even discomfort. What is the purpose of that discomfort? Let's get curious! Sometimes an individual, a couple or a family gets stuck, hits an obstacle or finds that the old solutions to problems are no longer effective. This is where therapy can help. I can provide a safe place to explore possibilities, provide a compassionate and comfortable setting to take some time for self-reflection and facilitate the process of change. I enjoy the process of witnessing clients re-connect with their inner wisdom and begin to listen to their intuition again without the interference and static of self-doubt. I can help clients create the change they want in their lives by empowering them to prioritize, express and identify needs through setting goals.
I received my Masters of Social Work from Fordham University and my Masters of Marriage & Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University . I hold a Drug & Alcohol Recovery Certificate from Gateway Community College and a B.A. from University of New Hampshire. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (lic. no. 1848) and a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (lic. no. 1169) in the state of Connecticut. I have advanced training in Gestalt therapy from Southern Connecticut State University. I am fully trained and certified in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR).
I have extensive experience working with clients who have co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues in both residential and outpatient clinical settings. I have worked with clients who are in a family reunification process including those with court involvement. I have experience working with clients who are in different stages of change and at different levels of motivation. I have had the honor of witnessing people change, build coping skills, heal and reach clearly defined goals.
My systems perspective and approach is an integration of several multi-dimensional approaches using a combination of structural, strategic, experiential, intergenerational, CBT, narrative, solution-focused and positive psychoeducational modalities. I enjoy using creative arts to enhance self-expression and different mindfulness techniques to increase states of well-being, safety and peace. In using the appropriate combination of therapeutic philosophies and approaches, or a specific approach, families, couples and individuals can move to a new place of balance. I help couples and families work towards improved relationships and more open communication patterns.
I am a member of Connecticut Association of Marriage & Family Therapy, American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy and EMDRIA International Association.
I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Life has offered me lots of learning opportunities over the years and I understand the challenges of life transitions and changes. I have been blessed by wonderful supporters over the years and I know how important it is to feel contentment with self. I identify as an introvert and love opportunities to get out of my comfort zone.