- Helping Highly Sensitive People Thrive
- Parenting Highly Sensitive Kids
- Peaceful Parenting
- Work / Life Balance
- Stress Management
- Major Life Transitions
- Grief and Loss
- Anxiety and Panic
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Peaceful Parenting and Life Coach, and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher.
For over eighteen years, I have worked in a variety of settings including schools, wilderness and residential programs for teens. In addition, I have experience with Employee Assistance Programs, hospital units including inpatient and outpatient oncology, emergency medicine, and private practice. I have assisted individuals, families, and groups facing difficult challenges.
I build on clients’ values and strengths, teach them mindfulness and creative problem-solving skills, empowering them to find authentic self-expression in the world. My approach balances the desire for personal growth, change with acceptance and loving-kindness for self and others.
I have a deep respect for my clients who are the experts on themselves and their lives. Together we build partnerships to find solutions that will work. We rely on the client’s knowledge of themselves and my background experience in psychology and mindfulness. This partnership is the heart of therapy, teaching, and coaching. There is a metaphor that I love – helping relationships that arise from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. My client and I are climbing our separate mountains. From my vantage point, I can see where the nearest footholds and handholds are for my client. They have to do the climbing, but I have some distance and can help by seeing where they may be successful.
Therefore, in all my work I bring a gentle and big-hearted presence to assist with overall health and well being. I have my own dedicated mindfulness practice, which I consider a vital component of my work.
Finally, let me share about my training and education. My Master of Science in Education is from The University Of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education in 2000. I focused on adolescents, school counseling, and LGBTQ concerns. After working in the field for several years I returned to continue my studies. This time my focus was on Mindfulness Meditation, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Self-Compassion. In 2006 I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from LaSalle University. Since completing my formal education I have received advanced trainings in Highly Sensitive People, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS) as well as Mindfulness-Based Coaching and Positive Psychology. I consider myself a life-long learner and am always adding to my repertoire of creative and helping techniques to serve my clients. I believe in fitting techniques to people and not the other way around so each client receives an eclectic and individually tailored approach.
My office is located in The Resiliency Center of the Flourtown Commons, conveniently located between Philadelphia and Ft. Washington. I also provide counseling and coaching sessions via a secure video platform that can be accessed from your home or office. Contact me today!