“Psychotherapist” was not my first incarnation in the world of work, but when I found my way to this profession, I knew I had landed in the very right place, and I continue to feel blessed to be here. Seeking insight into how we are put together and how we can best go forward on our unique paths would be a central feature of my life no matter what work I was doing, and being able to share that searching and offer guidance from my own training and experiences not only increases my own learning exponentially, but also creates partnerships and relational riches that are profound and precious.
Research over the past fifty years overwhelmingly demonstrates that the quality of the therapeutic alliance is the single most important factor associated with successful outcomes of treatment. My goal is to offer the support, safety, and collaboration that can make it most possible, and most comfortable, for you to find and embody your authentic self. Layered atop this foundation, I aim to bring in and utilize powerful therapeutic tools that I know from both professional and personal experience can facilitate creating and sustaining positive changes, and healing psychological wounds.
I have worked in the mental health field since the year 2000. My training as a therapist includes completion of a Master’s Degree in mental health counseling from UMass, Boston, training and certification as an Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist, training and certification by the National Guild of Hypnotists as a hypnotherapist, training and certification as a Focusing-oriented therapist, training and certification as a divorce mediator, and specialized training in the techniques of EMDR, sensorimotor psychotherapy, emotional freedom technique (EFT), and Gentle Reprocessing. As a condition of licensing as well as a personal commitment to my professional growth, I attend continuing education courses and workshops on an ongoing basis that have included training in numerous other approaches to treating anxiety and trauma, as well as a wide range of other life challenges and psychological symptoms. (For descriptions of the specialized techniques listed above, see Treatment Services.)
I have offered individual, group, and couples therapy through my private practice since 2006. Prior to 2006, I was an outpatient therapist at Advocates Community Counseling in Marlborough, Massachusetts, where I provided both individual and group psychotherapy. My internships during graduate study included work at the Bedford VA Hospital and at UMass Memorial Hospital in Marlborough, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
I currently offer individual psychotherapy sessions to adults over the age of 18.