I completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology and Justice Studies at James Madison University, and earned my Master of Science degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. I later completed the Level I Trauma Certificate Program through The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education under the guidance of Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA. Throughout my career, I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults with a range of diagnoses in a variety of different settings including: inpatient psychiatric care, community and home-based mental health, outpatient community mental health / dual diagnosis, and group practice. Currently, I work most often with clients who have a history of trauma and anxiety.
I first became interested in treating trauma at my first job as a therapist in a Community Health Center. I was a brand new therapist just starting my career, and I found that a common thread among most of my patients was trauma. Whether it was growing up in an alcoholic home, being abused in childhood, or experiencing significant loss in adulthood; It seemed that most of my clients had endured some type of trauma. Being so new to my career and without a specialty, I felt unprepared and unsure of how to help these survivors. Graduate school hadn't given me the tools that I felt I needed to be effective so I started attended continuing education seminars on trauma treatment, and reading as many books as I could get my hands on. As I began this intense self-propelled study and started implementing the skills I was learning, I realized I had found my calling.
I earned my Level I Trauma Certificate shortly thereafter, and have been invested in incorporating evidenced-based, cutting-edge trauma focused interventions ever since. I use a variety of different theories and interventions in my trauma-based work. Integrating a mind/body approach into my practice has been effective in alleviating common symptoms in trauma survivors including: anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive thought patterns, negative self-talk, feelings of guilt, and difficulty staying present. I tend to also gravitate towards Internal Family Systems Theory/Parts Work, Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I believe strongly in utilizing the body as a resource for healing.
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