In the center of your being
there is a place of wisdom, joy and health.
It is peaceful. It is magical.
It is YOU.
I began working as a therapist in a school setting in 1974. Having worked in various settings with very different populations, from child welfare to addictions, to community service agencies to private practice, I have come to appreciate that there are many more similarities than differences between all of us. We all have the capacity to suffer and to experience joy; to wound, to be wounded, and to heal. I view a person holistically and from the perspective of their strengths rather than from pathology. In this work I have been blessed to witness hopelessness, stagnation and self-destruction transformed into hope, healing and growth when a person makes the commitment to change.
I received my MSW (Masters in Clinical Social Work) from Boston College in 1976. I am licensed in the state of Pennsylvania and have also obtained my ACSW (Academy of Certified Social Workers), and BCD (Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work) credentials.
As a result of what I learned from working with many adolescents in the schools and in my private practice, in 1997 I co-created a non-profit mentoring organization for adolescent girls. I was the Director until 2010, by which time over 750 girls had been served. Girls Star groups continue to be offered in Downingtown, PA.
I have also received specialized training in addictions, couples therapy, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), EFT (emotional freedom technique), anxiety and depression disorders.
Everyone is dealing with an enormous amount of stress. As a certified yoga teacher since 1999, I guide and instruct clients who are interested in breathing and meditative techniques as a way to deal with stress, become more 'present' to their lives, and benefit from the extraordinary healing powers we all have within. LifeForce Yoga® to manage moods, Yoga Nidra
, the meditative heart of yoga, and Coherent Breathing™ can be taught in individual sessions and are offered in classes.
The underlying belief that is woven into everything I do, offer and live is that we are whole, and who we are is enough. The path is one of undoing
: we remove the blocks that prevent us from realizing the essential wholeness and well being that we already are. That which we seek is revealed when we clear away what is no longer needed or serving us.
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive".