Clinical Director/Owner, Therapist, Personal Trainer &
Group Fitness Instructor
I am a seasoned clinician with over 20 years of experience providing psychotherapy.
I attended Gannon University in Erie, PA where I earned my Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2002. I went on to further my education at UNC Chapel Hill. There I obtained my Master’s in Social Work in 2003 in the advanced standing program. I had a concentration in Adult Health and Mental Health. I also completed the certificate in substance abuse studies at UNC Chapel Hill.
I work with individuals (adolescents and adults) primarily, but also have experience with couples, kids and families, and groups. I feel competent in treating a variety of concerns, including but not limited to life transitions, perfectionism, anxiety, relational wounds, complex trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), self-harm behaviors, marital/family discord, life and/or work stress, overeating and binge eating, body image concerns, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, substance use disorders, and more.
While I do diagnose and treat these conditions, I strongly believe in focusing on the person/human being, rather than strong emphasis on disorder. I am an approved clinical supervisor for counselors and enjoy passing on what I have learned over the years. And, I love treating therapists, teachers, and other healthcare/helping professionals. I utilize Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, Gestalt, and somatic, body based therapy.
Additionally, I am a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer. I am passionate about movement for fun, and for emotional wellness, in addition to physical health. I believe in balanced nutrition and intuitive eating. I have seen the impact that dietary changes can make on one's physical and mental health, but I believe this should be done with small incremental changes, flexibility, and self-compassion. I do not believe in strict dieting, restriction, focusing on the scale, body shaming, social comparison, and the sociocultural pressure towards being thin. I believe in helping people achieve their goals and to be able to function in their life as they wish.
When I am not at the office, I love spending time with my family. I am married and a mother of three children. I enjoy an active lifestyle, riding my Harley and spending time outdoors.