I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT 22230). I have been licensed for over 30 years and see individuals, couples, and families in my therapy practice. I use a variety of methods in my work, tailoring my approach to meet each person’s needs and situation. I have extensive experience in clinical supervision and enjoy the process of teaching and training student therapists and graduate interns. I have worked as an Adjunct Faculty member and Clinical Supervisor at John F. Kennedy University’s Community Counseling Center, receiving their Outstanding Supervisor of the Year Award. I continue to instruct and guide graduate students as they prepare for careers in psychotherapy and counseling. I am a professional member of Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), as well as the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).
Other experience as an educator includes guest lectures to local colleges on child development, parenting, and introductory psychology. I have also worked in the public schools helping children with learning disabilities and behavior problems.
I believe the goal of psychotherapy is to strengthen an individual’s ability to feel able to manage and navigate through the various challenges life can bring across our life span. By deeply exploring thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, one can find new understanding, awareness, and insight into whatever problems currently feel overwhelming. Therapy works to identify and clarify underlying dilemmas that are compromising the quality of one’s life.
There is a common misconception that therapy is only for those in crisis. True, therapy does help during crisis times, whether that crisis is a panic attack, a sudden relationship break-up, severe depression, or different kinds of trauma. But therapy also helps even when we are not in crisis. There can be times when the value of having a trained therapist to listen and objectively reflect and question areas of concern helps to change long-standing conflicts or patterns of behavior that are diminishing one’s quality of life. Psychotherapy can offer new perspectives, help one to face difficult truths, understand the origins of problems, and help find solutions for change.