EDUCATION

I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with more than 20 years of practical experience in the mental health field. I earned my Master’s degree from Lesley University following graduate study at the New York University School of Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College. Over the years, I have had the privilege of working with diverse populations, including at-risk LGBTQ youth, rape/sexual assault/incest survivors, Veterans, domestic abuse survivors as well as perpetrators, persons diagnosed with complex-PTSD and dissociative disorders, incarcerated men and women, and persons suffering from florid psychosis. While the bulk of my practice now focuses on anxiety disorders, my prior clinical experiences have prepared me to handle a vast array of symptoms and challenges.
 
Through graduate internships at McLean Hospital — a Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital — and various inpatient, outpatient, and community-based settings, I honed my skills in bringing evidence-based therapeutic techniques to persons struggling with PTSD, OCD, and other anxiety and depressive disorders.

 

My training is a patchwork of client-centered, strengths-based, skills-oriented modalities that I shape to fit each client’s individual needs. I pride myself on providing highly-individualized care that targets specific symptoms while promoting a person’s overall worth and wellness.

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 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Board of Directors: OCD Rhode Island
  • Member: OCD Massachusetts
  • Member: International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)
  • Member: The Association of Contextual Behavior Sciences (ACBS)
  • Member: CliniciansUNITED 
  • Graduate Internship: McLean Hospital, a Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital in Belmont, MA
  • Recipient: Tufnell Park Scholarship; Massachusetts General Hospital’s Psychiatry Academy Training in CBT for OCD
  • Trained in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) by Lisa Coyne, PhD (Director, McLean OCDI Jr.), Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD (McLean OCDI Jr.), and Robyn Walser, PhD (National Center for PTSD)
  • Trained in Prolonged Exposure (PE) for the treatment of trauma/PTSD by Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Trained in Exposure & Response Prevention by McLean Hospital, PESI, and CHEC
  • Trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) by UMASS Medical School’s Child Trauma Training Center
  • Trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) by Zindel V. Segal, PhD & The Center for Mindfulness, UMASS Medical School
  • Advanced Domestic Violence training by CHEC and Healing Abuse, Working for Change
  • Advanced Harm Reduction training by CHEC
  • Certified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and The Family Safety Project in Domestic Batterer Intervention
  • CPI certified in non-violent psychiatric crisis prevention and intervention
  • Certified as a Community Crisis Intervention Team (CCIT) Member
  • CANS certified by the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI)
  • Former member: Community Counseling of Bristol County’s Safety Committee; focused on developing and implementing safer practices   for mental health clinicians working in office spaces as well as in home- and community-based formats

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INTERESTS/HOBBIES


Clients quickly come to learn an important fact about me: I walk the talk. Anything I ask my clients to do, I must have already done myself or be willing to do myself. I frequently promote self-care in my sessions and model this behavior with my clients. I am a mom to two young sons who, when I am not passionately treating OCD and anxiety disorders at work, keep me busy at home with baking projects and crafts. I enjoy trying new foods, traveling, exploring the world, donating time and money to good causes, reading, cuddling my dog, sushi, anything that glitters, museums, Broadway musicals, glass art, funky jewelry, altered books, spending time with my family, the rare nap, and helping clients find what makes them happy.