It isn’t always easy to reach outside of ourselves when we are feeling deeply lonely and experiencing extreme emotions. These are precisely the times, though, when it makes sense to try to find people with whom we can talk/be our true selves without too much fear of judgment or rejection. In my role as a therapist I actively commit to strive to be one of those people; to meet you (and your family) wherever you are emotionally, in a comfortable, confidential and respectful setting.
I have 14 years of experience intentionally meeting and working therapeutically with people from all walks of life. As a multicultural practitioner I am integrally connected to various cultures which enable me to balance multiple perspectives, as I work with different people around a number of diverse and complex issues; although I was educated according to traditional and psychodynamic viewpoints, my practice is to combine my formal training with holistic, trauma and social justice oriented techniques. I am acutely aware of the propensity to pathologize within the field of psychology and mental health. My professional style places greater emphasis on the importance of listening, understanding and responding to people within the context of their own individual experiences and needs than attempting to fit them into neat, diagnostic categories.
During sessions with people, I appeal to the "highest self" while employing a bio-psychosocial-spiritual approach. This includes working intentionally, attentively and intuitively to co-facilitate healing on emotional, mental, physical and spiritual levels, and assisting people to recognize the individual choices they may have available to them in any given situation. I am additionally focused on collaborating with people who wish to self acknowledge and heal the traumas which have impacted them, in part, by providing a safe space in which they might tell their stories, and also by helping them to (re)identify, locate and integrate the (creative) interests they might gravitate towards for growth and healing purposes.
If you are interested in what you have read so far, I encourage you to contact me for more information. I am currently taking new referrals; depending upon your particular scheduling needs I may need to place you on a waiting list.
***Relational Trauma and Abuse, Domestic Violence, Family Conflicts, Codependency and Boundary Issues, Stress and Anxiety, Obsessive Thoughts and Behaviors, Depression, Mood Disturbances, Extreme Emotional States, Addiction Problems, Eating Problems, Racial Trauma and Internalized Oppression, Historical Trauma, Psychiatric Oppression, Grief/Loss/Mourning, Life Transitions, Identity Exploration, Learning Differences and Career Choices, Dream Work, Psychic Confusion, Spiritual Development***
Applied Theoretical Approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Family Systems Therapy
Harm Reduction Philosophy
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Membership & Board Certification:
~ Massachusetts Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (L.I.C.S.W.)
~ Massachusetts Licensed School Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor
~Massachusetts Licensed Health, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator
~National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
~Certified Reiki Master Teacher
•Years in Practice: 14+ Years
•School: Smith College School for Social Work
•Year Graduated: 2004
•License No. and State: 117235 Massachusetts
Online Therapy Option:
I am now offering convenient, no paper trail, 30-60 minute online services via Skype. Please note: online therapy services are not typically reimbursed by insurance companies. Contact me to discuss payment options and scheduling availability.
I am now offering supportive, individual clinical supervision for social workers. This includes extensive assistance with LCSW and LICSW exam preparation as well as coaching and consultation for therapeutic work.