Life is changing by the minute and each day we face new challenges.  These challenges become apparent as we learn about ourselves and grow into the people we would like to become.  Therapy can provide a sense of focus and purpose to our life’s work through discovering who we are as individuals and what our mission is for living the most authentic experience.  Often times people struggle with arriving at an inner state of peace that prevents them from forming or maintaining valuable relationships.  I believe that the foundation of holistic counseling allows people to honor all of the parts of themselves and empowers them to make changes and grow for the better.

My goal is to assist you in gaining inner awareness on your journey to self discovery.  It is my hope that through the therapeutic relationship you can recognize your true self and life purpose by honoring and nurturing the physical, emotional, psychological, communal, and spiritual aspects of well-being.

I have experience treating individuals across the life span and specialize in treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, grief and loss and life transitions.   My background and training also includes extensive couples work.  I have grown passionate in working with a diverse range of couples to include dating, marriages, partnerships, and family relationships.  Often times in our personal relationships we experience communication breakdown or emotional distance that can create barriers to developing and maintaining healthy, fulfilling relationships.  I can provide a safe environment for both partners to develop through the therapeutic experience, in order to honor the goals of each individual in addition to the goals for the relationship.

I completed my masters in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 with a focus on direct practice and received my credential as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in 2008.  I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2002 with a BS degree in Education of Persons with Hearing Loss.  I worked as a teacher at Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf (PRSD) as a teacher for children ages 16-21.  I am fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and have extensive experience in working with Deaf and hard of hearing clients, family members and within the culture of the Deaf Community.  I have a background in working with individuals from the LBGT community as well.  I believe that honoring an individual’s culture is a strength in developing therapeutic alliance.  I have worked in community mental health services as an individual and family therapist as well as a school based therapist for children, adolescents, and families. 

Member:  National Association of Social Workers