My Approach to Helping
I believe that a safe and trusting relationship with the therapist is the key to change in therapy. It takes courage and the ability to be vulnerable to look at ourselves honestly. I will provide a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental atmosphere. We will work together to identify the obstacles that are blocking your growth. I will be your guide in trying to help you increase your awareness of what your needs are so that the changes you desire in your life can occur.
I began my career as an RN and obtained a BSN in Nursing at William Paterson University. I have over 30 years of experience working in acute and chronic healthcare settings. I understand the important connection between the mind and the body which is one of the reasons I returned to William Paterson University to obtain a Masters in Professional Mental Health Counseling.
I completed a diverse internship at a non-profit mental health agency in West Orange, a Head Start program in Clifton, and at a pre-k to fourth-grade charter school in Newark. I have experience working with children and adolescents who have anger management issues, social skills difficulties, grief and loss, depression, Autism spectrum, and issues at school and home. I have also worked with families using structural family therapy, couples using emotionally focused therapy, and individual person-centered therapy for adults with depression and anxiety. I recently completed a certificate course in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. The main goal of DBT is to teach clients skills to cope with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others.