My Approach to Helping
I believe that every individual strives for happiness in life; what that happiness is, however, is uniquely defined by each person. In order to facilitate positive change with clients and help them achieve their goals, it is vital to first recognize, respect, and meet a client where heshe is at emotionally and intellectually. I want every individual with whom I work to know that they are not alone in the challenges that confront them in life. My approach to treatment, while often grounded in the concepts of cognitive behavioral therapy, is typically integrative and determined by the needs of my clients. I appreciate the importance of developing a positive therapeutic relationship, working collaboratively to process life's struggles, and assisting clients with identifying ways to resolve problems, which can, in turn, empower them to effectively navigate life's paths. I approach each session with kindness and compassion, and I view each individual with a nonjudgmental, open mind. Overall, I want to help my clients not only reach their treatment goals, but also improve their psychological well-being, strengthen their interpersonal relationships, and increase their confidence as they travel on their journey to achieve happiness.
More Info About My Practice
I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College, a Master's degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent clinical psychology from Montclair State University, and Master's and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent clinical psychology from the University of Hartford. I have experience working in private practice, community mental health, residential, and therapeutic school settings providing individual, group, and family therapy. I specialize in working with children and adolescents and have also had experience working with adult and geriatric populations.
One of my main interests and primary roles over the years has involved conducting evaluations including learning difference disability evaluations, assessing for intellectual disabilities, ADHD evaluations, assessment of traumatic brain injuries, assessing for dementia, and evaluating other psychological symptoms for the purposes of accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. I have experience with evaluating individuals between the ages of 5 and 89. I believe that proper treatment and education begin with an adequate assessment by professionals and accurate diagnosis. I have spent much of my career doing just that for many individuals and their families.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I try taking advantage of living near the oceanfront. I also love reading, cooking, baking, and trying out new recipes. I love animals, especially my two dogs.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
ADHD, Anxiety, Adoption, Anger Management, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Issues, Chronic Impulsivity, Chronic Pain, Depression, Developmental Disorders, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Infertility, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Obesity, OCD, Oppositional Defiance, Self-Harming, Sexual Abuse, Spirituality, Suicidal Ideation, Teen Violence, Traumatic Brain Injury, Weight Loss, Dissociative Disorders, Elderly Persons Disorders, Impulse Control Disorders, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Psychosis, Trauma, Testing and Evaluation