Education

Oberlin College, BA , English/Creative Writing

University of Chicago, MA, Clinical Social Work

My Approach to Therapy

I view therapy as a collaborative process.  I ask questions, you respond, and together we develop a new way of looking at your problems.  In this way, I try to help people reflect on and revise their life stories.

 

My approach to therapy is informed by many theories and techniques.  The approach I use is always based on the needs and concerns you raise in session.  I especially like ideas from the following treatment models:

 

 

  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

  • Attachment and Psychodynamic theories

  • Expressive Art Therapy (e.g., writing, collage, photography)

  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Work Experience

I have been a psychotherapist in private practice since 1998.  Before starting my own practice in 2008, I worked at Hoffman Psychological Associates in Harrisburg, PA and at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.  Prior to moving to Central PA, I worked in several community mental health agencies in the Midwest.

 

I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. I also have special training in working with people who have concerns about their weight.

Member

Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work

National Association of Social Workers