While people come to psychotherapy for relief from distress, confusion, or pain, psychotherapy is also a journey of self-discovery, an opportunity to learn about oneself, to explore one's strengths and challenges, and to find one's path. As a psychotherapist, it is my privilege to collaborate with you on this journey. My goal is to be a healing presence to engage, support, and challenge you to accomplish your goals.
I have been providing psychotherapy to adults and teens for 28 years. Prior to starting a private practice, I worked at community mental health centers and at Day One (formerly the RI Rape Crisis Center). These experiences offered me the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients with diverse issues and concerns. Beginning at that time, I developed an interest in helping people struggling with trauma and loss, and I have had extensive training in each of these areas. At the mental health center, I facilitated therapy groups for adult surviviors of childhood sexual abuse and for people experiencing grief and loss. At Day One, I provided both individual and group support in the Homicide Bereavement program. These people honored me by allowing me to share these very personal, painful journeys, and I am grateful for these experiences.
Since beginning in private practice at Swansea Center for Psychotherapy in 1997, I have continued to further my education in treating trauma. I am trained in EMDR, an especially effective treatment used in working with trauma, PTSD, and dissociation. It is also helpful for the many clients I see who are struggling with anxiety and depression. Many of my clients are referred by medical doctors, and I am keenly aware of the connection between physical, mental, and emotional health. I often integrate techniques and practices from energy medicine and yoga to help the mind and body to work together toward wellness. While some people seek psychotherapy for help with longstanding issues, others are looking for guidance in managing life challenges and transitions, including marriage, divorce, parenthood, work, illness, and lifestyle choices. Whatever your reasons, I welcome the opportunity to support your ability to find balance, self-acceptance, and joy. Call Swansea Center at 508-379-0150 or to reach me directly call 401-480-5256.
RI College School of Social Work
Master of Social Work 1982
Bryn Mawr College
BA in Political Science 1978
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
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