I have always loved helping people. I consider it a gift to be able to do the work that I do. What amazes me most as a therapist has been watching people change their lives in ways that they never thought possible. I always say, and I truly believe, that my clients have taught me way more than I have taught them over the years.
I've seen many come in hopeless...feeling defeated, lost and unable to see a better future. They are unhappy in their lives and in their relationships...they feel so lost that they don't even know who they are anymore. In time as we worked together, what happened was that hope began to develop. Boundaries are set, self-esteem begins to improve, perspectives change and things begin to make more sense. It is possible to create a life that truly fits who you are. It is possible to create the life that you dream about. It's never too late.
More About Me....
Many years ago, I realized that the work I was doing at the time was not personally fulfilling; it was boring. After reading about a local organization that was looking for volunteers, I took some training and began working with victims of domestic violence. This was what ultimately led me to the decision to turn my passion for helping people into a career. I left my job behind and never looked back. In 2005, I earned my Masters in Social Work from Fordham University in New York City. While in school, I was fortunate to intern at a residential substance abuse program in Morristown, NJ and in the addiction outpatient program at UMDNJ-UBHC in Piscataway, NJ. Seeing the resiliency of clients - even when faced with so much adversity - was an experience that I will never forget. I felt honored to be able to witness these transformative experiences. I learned that I love connecting with people, hearing their stories and being a part of their growth.
In the years that followed, I worked in outpatient settings with dually diagnosed clients (mental health and substance use) in varied levels of care and managed a community-based outpatient program. I opened my private practice in 2011 which I now operate full-time. I am also an adjunct instructor at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ.
My clinical expertise includes substance use and addiction, co-dependency and women's issues. I completed post-graduate training at New York University in Advanced Clinical Practice. I am currently working towards certification in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) which is also known as "tapping".
Outside of my practice, I am quite active in the professional community. I am currently serving as Vice President of the New Jersey Association of Women Therapists. Additionally, I am an active member of NASW (National Association of Social Workers) and NAADAC (National Association of Addiction Professionals). I also hold certification to provide Clinical Supervision in NJ for other professionals who are working toward licensure.
I am in this work because I want to help you grow. I want to help you see possibility. Life can be a struggle, but it is possible to achieve what you are looking for; the life that you dream about. It would be a privilege to join you on your healing journey.