I was born and raised in Rochester, NY and have always called it home. I attended SUNY Brockport for my undergraduate studies and then obtained my Master’s Degree From Roberts Wesleyan College, where I graduated in 2006. My 16 years of post graduate experience includes working with mental health/addiction co-occurring disorders, with children and families, 8 years of clinical care at the Department of Veteran Affairs (primarily providing PTSD treatment), and most recently as a therapist treating employees and their family members at a large local teaching hospital and medical center. I am certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. I have also recently been trained in EMDR. I have vast experience treating the following:
- Substance Abuse
- Anger Issues
- Grief and Loss
- Women’s Issues
My approach to counseling is very eclectic. I am trained in several treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral, Interpersonal, Client-Centered, and Integrative and will draw from each of them to fit your needs. You and I will work together to help identify your concerns and what you would like the focus of your treatment to be. I take pride in my ability to engage with people. I am truly interested in you and your story. I will listen intently, gather information, provide feedback and education, and be a supportive part of your process. I am known to be direct and transparent, which often helps facilitate a trusting working relationship.
I have been asked many times why I have decided to go into the counseling profession. My answer is always the same: Serving this role has helped me to witness the resiliency of the human spirit. People can experience very painful and traumatic life situations and yet continue to put one foot in front of the other, always striving for better. This perseverence is something that I admire and respect about each client I work with. It is not an easy process but the outcome can be so worth it.
“We can choose to throw stones, to stumble on them, to climb over them, or to build with them.”
-William Arthur Ward