I am an experienced psychotherapist with a specialization in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and trauma disorders.
I have worked with several specialized client populations, including individuals coping with new or worsening health conditions, military veterans, parents of children with emotional and/or behavioral challenges, survivors of physical and/or sexual trauma, and individuals involved in the criminal justice system.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the highest level of licensure as an LCSW-R. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at SUNY Oneonta in 2003 and I completed a Masters in Social Work (MSW) in 2006 at SUNY Albany. I also completed a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice (M.A.) at SUNY Albany in 2006.
My work as a psychotherapist regularly draws from Buddhist Psychology principles. In May of 2016, I completed the 9-month Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy offered by the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy. I have a strong personal mindfulness meditation practice which I continue to nourish through my ongoing studies with my teachers, Bill and Susan Morgan, who specialize in supporting psychotherapists in meditation practice. I regularly incorporate mindfulness and embodied awareness practices into my work with clients.
I am presently matriculating through the 3-Year Professional Training Certificate Program in Somatic Experiencing through the Trauma Institute. Somatic Experiencing is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders.
I am also trained in EMDR, a treatment approach which has been empirically proven to be effective for the treatment of trauma related disorders and suffering. I completed my EMDR training through an EMDRIA approved Training program.
Please feel free to click on the "Services" tab to learn more about the therapeutic modalities that I use to help my clients heal.
If you are at a transitional point in your life or you are trying to adjust after a significant life event...
If you regularly experience feelings of anxiety, worry, panic, anger, shame, or guilt...
If you frequently struggle with a sense of self-doubt or with self-critical thoughts...
If you have noticed yourself repeating self-destructive behavior patterns at work, school, or in your relationships...
If any of these experiences are keeping you from knowing what you truly want or need, please give me call and we can begin to work together to bring more ease and peace into your life.
My approach is based in the belief that each person has the capacity to heal through developing a willingness to compassionately turn toward their inner experiences. The path of self-discovery and healing is often an exciting, yet challenging process.
I view my role as a psychotherapist as someone who will walk beside you and help to compassionately guide you through this difficult process of self-exploration. I offer a safe, non-judgmental space for you to explore the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are impacting you.
I am a mindfulness-oriented psychotherapist, believing that the key to establishing lasting change comes through developing skills in awareness and self-compassion so that we may notice our habitual reactions and choose instead to respond with personal wisdom.
1 Hemphill Place Suite 201 Malta, NY 12020 518-289-5829