Originally from Western New York (greater Buffalo area), I have lived and worked in the Las Vegas Valley for 22 years. March 2023 marked 25 years as an outpatient therapist, and 28 years in the mental health field.
I attended college at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the Finger Lakes of NY with the intention of becoming a literature teacher. Various work and life experiences drew me toward a career helping people and their families heal and grow, and I returned for my Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Buffalo. Since graduating in 1998, I have held clinical licensure in NY, OH, and NV. Along the way, I have learned as much – if not more – from my clients as they tell me they have learned from me. I consider myself a student of life alongside my clients and have started the 6th decade of my life with joy and optimism.
I primarily work with adolescents, adults, and seniors who are seeking help with anxiety, depression, relational difficulty, health issues, and life transitions. My treatment approach can best be described as eclectic. My earliest training began with family systems theory. Then I hit a long and strong stride in cognitive-behavioral strategies. Eventually, I integrated trauma-informed techniques that observe and respond to the body’s experience with feelings and stressors. I have discovered that I am passionate about how we care for our bodies and the impact that care has on our mental health, as well as how our emotions impact the body’s processes, i.e. The Stress-Disease Connection.
I use she/her/hers pronouns and am LGBTQIA and BIPOC-Affirming.