Gifted Therapist

As a therapist for 20 years, I’ve been helping people to heal from trauma, childhood abuse and neglect, and the other adverse life events that often shape their self-esteem and how they feel about life in general. I’ve been told by patients and other clinicians as well that I’m gifted at what I do. I don’t know if that’s true, but I know I have a passion for being a therapist that’s rewarded almost daily by watching people transform: shedding their symptoms of depression, anxiety or PTSD; beginning to feel better about themselves; making better life decisions; and having healthier, more fulfilling relationships. If I do have this gift, I don’t think it’s coincidental that I was introduced to EMDR (see About EMDR) while still in graduate school, completing the training shortly thereafter. I was quickly able to incorporate into my practice a therapy that actually worked, often quickly – and there was good research to support my own experience. I became Certified in EMDR in 2002, and in 2017 became an EMDR International Association Approved Consultant.

Though our thinking, our feelings, and how we behave are influenced by our earlier life experiences, we are all unique individuals with unique histories, stories and needs. In recognizing this, I work hard to treat people individually, employing an eclectic array of interventions that have proven to be effective.

During my years as a therapist in a variety of settings and a two year internship in an exceptional clinical environment, I’ve treated a broad range of clients across a wide socio-economic, ethnic and cultural spectrum. Because I was fortunate enough to have an abundance of varied life and work experience before becoming a therapist (see About Me), I feel I can relate to my clients in ways in ways I  could not had I gone directly from undergraduate studies to graduate school, and then begun practicing.

I realize it can be intimidating to make an appointment and go to that first session – especially for people garnering the courage to see a therapist for the first time – which is why I offer a free phone or face-to-face consultation to those who request it. (See Contact/Appointments).