My philosophy of therapy and change: Therapy is a delicate balance of acceptance and change. I use a person-centered approach to create a validating environment in which a person can open up, feel genuinely cared for, and develop a trusting therapeutic relationship. At the same time, I can help guide you through the complex process of change. I can offer skills and techniques for improving your life in the short term while the work of learning how to change your thinking takes place. I primarily practice Dialectical Behavioral Therapy(DBT), and also use techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
My experience: I entered the mental health field in 2002 after completing my MA in Counseling at Monmouth University. I worked with adults with chronic mental illness and substance use disorders while I completed my Post Master's Certification in Counseling and received my Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC) credential in 2014. In addition, I have extensive training and experience in DBT having started programs in various settings working with adolescent and adult populations. I have worked in Partial Hospitalization programs, Intensive Outpatient programs, community crisis intervention, and outpatient counseling settings.
Services I provide: Individual, Group, Couples counseling, Clinical supervision for individuals working toward LPC licensure
Ages I work with: Adults
Common issues I address: I specialize in the treatment of emotion dysregulation, self-harm behavior, chronic suicidal thoughts, and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). I also have extensive knowledge and experience with depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, anxiety disorders including OCD, trauma, and relationship issues.