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My experience.
I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of Connecticut, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colgate University and a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. For the past 20 years I have worked with adults, teens, couples and families in a variety of treatment settings. I have extensive knowledge helping people from all walks of life deal with depression, anxiety, emotional trauma, self-esteem, life adjustment issues, parenting stress and improving relationships. Over the course of my career, I have practiced in numerous clinical locales with diverse client populations, such as community mental health, in-home counseling with children/families, hospital-based care with those affected by neurological incidents, in-school mental health services and private practice. 

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My philosophy.
I believe that our bodies have the innate desire/ability to heal and everything we need already exists within us. In other words, we all have an inner light that is meant to shine brightly, but sometimes that light gets dim. There are a lot of reasons why this can happen. When it does, it helps to get guidance and support.

My approach to therapy.
My approach to therapy can be summed up in one word: collaborative. Research shows that a strong therapeutic alliance between client and provider is the number one predictor of positive outcomes. You can expect me to be genuine, to listen with my full attention and to show the utmost respect and compassion for your life experience. We will work as a team. I am trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities and I tailor my approach to the needs of each client. I do not believe in “one-size-fits-all” methodology. That being said, I will always take a strengths-based approach and will almost always utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) in some aspect of each client’s care. Here is a list of the main modalities and techniques  that I offer.

When I’m not doing therapy.
I truly love my work. I consider it an honor and a gift to walk with my clients on their journey toward personal growth. But I also love my free time. When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do is be with my spouse and kids doing things we enjoy, such as sports, watching TV and playing with our dog. I also love gardening, reading and DIY projects. In addition, I have a special interest in integrative health, so I often research information that helps me incorporate nutrition and mind-body wellness into both my personal and professional life.

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