I like to infuse my work with clients with a healthy sense of humor, and a realistic, goal oriented approach to therapy!
I started out treating adolescent girls with behavioral and emotional issues, and worked intensively on assisting their families as well. I am also a certified Rape Crisis Counselor by the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, where I served as an individual and group therapist, as well as a medical advocate for survivors of rape. Abortion issues are another specialty that I help women with. My expertise in this area stems from many years in abortion services with the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. In this arena, I also developed an interest in treating post-partum issues for women who have not only given birth, but have miscarried or needed to end their pregnancy.
I received a certificate in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy from the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy in May 2009. During this intensive program, I learned how to effectively incorporate some of the core principles of Buddhism and mindfulness into my work with clients! This certificate program blended weekly teachings with retreat practices and daily meditation. The philosophies of mindfulness and insight meditation often help clients that are feeling anxious and depressed. These philosophies enable them to gain some distance from their intense emotions and to learn to tolerate their feelings from a place of peace.
Brené Brown, Ph.D. has been a huge influence on my work with clients, and recently I've completed the national training for
I am a strong believer in utilizing Relational Cultural Theory. The mainstay of this theory is that we, as human beings, all yearn to be connected. It is our disconnection which keeps us isolated and unhappy. Repairing this disconnection through the therapeutic relationship is part of creating a unique healing experience for you. I also believe in using the power of our stories as women through a theory called Narrative Therapy. Narrative therapy recognizes that just telling your story is a healing experience-and that the telling of this story can be used to create positive changes in your life! Additionally, I also utilize some of the philosophies and teachings of Internal Family Systems Therapy . Overall, therapy is an interactive relationship that will build on the strengths you currently possess to make the changes you need in your life.
I hold a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a specialization in Holistic Studies, from Lesley University. I am a past President and past Professional Development Coordinator of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselor’s Association, and have been licensed by the Commonwealth. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of CA. In addition to having gone to Lesley University, I also taught as Adjunct Faculty in the undergraduate program.
I love helping women achieve their goals and really heal through the power of a therapeutic relationship. I'm always learning from my clients! I have a dog and a cat, and LOVE to travel. My favorite place in the whole world is Disneyland (I'm a dis-nerd). I love to read and watch Netflix, and hang out with my peeps.
In February 2014, I attended the national training for Brené Brown's 'The Daring Way™'. I am a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. (CDWF)
In May 2014, I completed the Online Training for the Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training for Mental Health and Clinical Professionals Hosted by Postpartum Support International, and the 2020 Mom Project.
In October 2013, I achieved an advanced certificate from the Postpartum Stress Center & Karen Kleiman, LCSW, completing an additional ten hours of training and further developing my skill set for treating women suffering from postpartum symptoms.
In 2008, I recieved Certification from the Post Partum Stress Center with famed therapist and author, Karen Kleiman, LCSW.
Also in 2009, I recieved Certification from the Institute for Meditation & Psychotherapy, allowing me to incorporate meditation techniques in psychotherapy for those clients who wish to explore it.
I am a member in good standing of the Binge Eating Disorder Association, and attend their yearly conference.
I am a 'Distance Credentialed Counselor', a credential 'nationally recognized as a
professional with training in best practices in distance counseling', from CCE.
I am the past President (2011-2012) and past Assistant Executive Director and Professional Development Coordinator for the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association (MaMHCA). I can often be found presenting for MaMHCA's amazing continuing education department!
I have achieved both the NCC and CCMHC credentials from the National Board for Certified Counselors.
January 2012, Parents.Com:
"Overcoming Your Pregnancy Body-Image Fears" by Aexandra Grablewski
September 2009, Expectant Mother's Guide Online:
"Postpartum Depression: Recognizing and Tips for Overcoming PPD"