My Approach to Helping
I enjoy working with a broad range of clients; children, teens, students, adults, and families. I understand that each person is unique and will work with you to create a successful treatment plan utilizing a mix of approaches. I am very passionate about working together with clients to create an environment of acceptance, trust, and support. Self-awareness is encouraged, along with healing, and personal growth to assist clients in reaching their full potential. Depending on the needs of the client, I draw from a variety of therapeutic approaches including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology, Client-Centered Therapy, Solution focused, Play Therapy and Family Systems therapies.
More Info About My Practice
I received my Master of Counseling Psychology degree with a specialty in Marriage & Family Therapy from Holy Family University and my bachelor's degree in psychology from Iona College. My graduate studies included one year in a practicum, and then an internship at Children's Specialized Hospital in Hamilton, New Jersey, which focused on group and individual Play Therapy for families with children ages 3 -16. My work included cognitive assessment and therapeutic interventions such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavior modification, parenting skills, play therapy, and group therapy.
I also volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and work with children and their families, which includes partnering with the Department of Children Protection & Permanency Services (DCP&P) to provide wraparound services for families. As a CASA advocate, I am the "voice in court" for children removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect.
My favorite past time is spending time with my four children and seven grandchildren, seven sisters and two brothers. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and working in several ministries at my church.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Including, but not limited to Individual therapy for pre-teens, Child and Adolescents, Depression, Anxiety, Stress Management, Suicidal Idealization, Grief and Loss, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Play therapy, Impulsivity, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Disorders, Behavioral Issues, Dual Diagnosis, Family Conflict, Career Counseling, Parenting Issues, Body Image, Self-Esteem, Self-Harm, Testing and Evaluation and Coping Skills