Clinical modalities used with clients
Therapy services location
Warm, engaged in listening, evidence-based, gentle, but directive.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor #12596
SUNY Oneonta | B.A. in Science | 1992
New England College | M.A. Clinical Counseling | 2011
EMDR Trained through Humanitarian Assistance Program Trauma Recovery 2011
Why I do this work
I entered the corporate world directly after college marketing for a large insurance company. It became very evident that the part of my job that I enjoyed the most were the clients that I worked with and the co-workers that sat by my side. I began to notice a pattern and found that, quite frequently, many of those individuals felt comfortable sharing their personal struggles without prompting. Some even admitted, afterwards, that they weren’t sure why they opened up to that extent, except that they felt safe to share and knew that they were not being judged. I began to realize that this was not a new experience and that, for most of my life, this has been a role I have played. I have always held a curiosity about the journeys of others and believed that being witness to someone’s story had the power to connect. After my children reached school age, I decided to go back to graduate school and build on this strength. Over the last several years, I have been fortunate enough to have heard the stories of many adolescents and adults and, in most cases, I have witnessed an unexpected outcome that always makes me smile. When we change ourselves for the better, those around us benefit greatly and experience a more positive life, making the ripple effect of what I love to do even more powerful.
The best part of my job
The best part of my job would be the a-ha moment when clients recognize their ability to take back their power and decide how they would like to exist going forward. That moment can be mind-blowing for clients because, for so much of their life, they have felt that change was not an option. It is incredible to watch a person recognize the value that they have held all along, practice a new way of being, and leave in the ‘driver’s seat’ of their life.
How I spend my free time
I love hanging out with our grown humans when they are home visiting. When they are not, I enjoy playing with our 5 huskies and 1 Irish Wolfhound or riding my horses. I love to dance randomly while I’m cleaning and LOVE to play Pop-A-Shot or ping pong with my husband. This happens daily!
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Top trauma recovery resources
- Tapping In by Laurel Parnell, Ph.D.
- EMDR: 4 approaches by Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S