Clinical Director/Owner, Therapist &
Group Fitness Instructor
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 have prior work experience in community human services programs, inpatient substance abuse treatment programs, outpatient and intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment programs, residential homes for children and adults with severe mental and/or physical disabilities, treatment programs with federal probation and Bureau of Prisons, and private practice partnership settings.
I started my practice in 2008 and enjoy working with individuals (children, adolescents and adults), couples, families and small groups. I feel competent in treating a variety of concerns, including but not limited to substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, bipolar, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), self-harm behaviors, marital/family discord, life and/or work stress, over-eating and binge eating, gambling addiction, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and more. Most commonly in my daily practice, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Motivational Interviewing, and Family Systems Theory.
I love taking a holistic, integrative, and integrated approach to therapy. I aim to treat the whole person, and sometimes even the whole family. I respect the connection between our mind & body, and work towards wellness in both mental and physical health. I strive to help my clients find changes and solutions that will work for them for their lifetime. My objective is to partner with each client to support in accessing the resources needed to achieve individual goals. I am grateful to each of my clients for allowing me to be a part of their journeys.
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 in the outdoors.
I am an IFTA (Interactive Fitness Trainers of America) certified group fitness instructor, and am passionate about working out. I value the benefits of a healthy lifestyle for health as well as mental well-being. I believe in balanced nutrition, as I have seen the impact that dietary changes can make on one's physical and mental health.