Licensed Clinical Social Worker
State University of New York at Buffalo. Master of Social Work, B.A. Health and Human Services. Summa Cum Laude
- Relationship Counseling.
- Individual Psychotherapy.
I am Buffalo, New York, born and raised. My journey that led me to where I am today began years ago. I decided to go to graduate school when I became a caregiver in my home for 7 ½ years for my elderly mother who had dementia. At that time I had a daughter going off to college and a son just beginning high school. It was a most demanding and challenging time of my life and my family’s life.
Graduate school provided me the perfect outlet for growth, while simultaneously finding a place to focus my positive energy. Ultimately, the Social Work field proved the best direction for me. It aligned with my spiritual nature and my desire to help others. I quickly developed a love for clinical counseling as it provided the opportunity to build relationships and connect with individuals, couples, and families.
After graduating, I worked for 15 years at a small, private agency called CMH Counseling. This became my home away from home and my co-workers were like family. It truly was a special place.
While there, I provided both brief and long-term therapy. I worked primarily with adults and did mostly individual and couples therapy. A substantial portion of my caseload incorporated trauma work, which required a longer term commitment to therapy. It was gratifying to see clients grow and experience positive life change over time.
I provided relationship/marital, parent/child, life transition, coping/loss, independent functioning/personal growth, mood disorders, stress/anxiety, women’s issues, childhood sexual abuse, LGBT, effective communication skills in job settings, and personal relationship conflict resolution counseling. I helped clients define their goals for treatment and incorporated a variety of therapeutic modalities to meet their individual needs. As therapy is a collaborative process, I felt honored and humbled when clients let me into their world. Building trust and providing a safe, non-judgmental environment was the highest priority for me.
As my desire to leave the cold Buffalo winters increased, retiring to sunny Florida became an easy choice. So, I relocated to Florida in January 2016.
When the opportunity to join Conscious Choices arose, it appeared to be part of an on-going plan. After meeting Carol and learning about this counseling center, it felt like coming home again. I am excited to continue on this journey. It is essential for me to feel aligned and connected with the beliefs and philosophies of the next step of my personal journey. I have found this with Conscious Choices.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even
touched-they must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller
“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” ~ Carol Burnett