Who I am as a therapist is rooted in who I am as a human being....a committed partner, a mom (to both two and four legged children!), a spiritual practitioner, a person of conscience, a gender non conforming, non traditional woman with an open mind and an open heart.
I see my role as therapist as an extension of the deeper values of my life, and I strive to carry these values into my client relationships to the best of my ability.
My work, and the people it connects me to, are among the greatest blessings of my life....and I consider it a tremendous privilege to witness and accompany my clients on their unfolding journeys.
I have a very laid back style...and my surroundings reflect this. I prefer posters over paintings, rock n roll over classical...but most of all, I love keeping it real...that's where Beauty lives...
I've been working in the field of mental health and social services since 1987, in such varied settings as foster care, community mental health, group homes, in and outpatient psychiatric programs, addictions, women's trauma, youth and family treatment, and specialized programming for the LGBT community.
Incorporated into my practice are different techniques and philosophies that I've learned through different levels and types of training, such as: cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic/psychoanalytic, body oriented somatic treatments, mindfulness, DBT, trauma, hypnotherapy, meditation, addictions, transpersonal, focusing, family systems and LGBT affirmative.
I'm licensed at the highest level of clinical social work practice in both NY and NJ (LCSW in NJ, LCSW-R in NY), which enables me to accept most out of network insurance plans.
My articles have appeared in Social Work Today and various LGBT periodicals, concerning issues related to LGBT mental health.
In addition my social work and counseling background, I am also an ordained Interfaith/Interspiritual minister, trained in the experiential aspect of the major world spiritual traditions.