The heart of my life’s work as a therapist emerged as I was living and studying in bucolic Ithaca, New York. Attending Cornell University’s School of Human Ecology steeped me in the study of human connection with self, with others, and with the environment. As a Human Service Studies major I cultivated a deep understanding and appreciation of the complexities of human development and relationships. Sprinkled among these intellectual pursuits I spent as much time as I could exploring the gorges, forests, lakes, waterfalls and swimming holes. These moments inspired my connection with the natural world.
Hungry for more specialized education, I completed my Masters Degree in Education / Counseling at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and received my License as a Professional Counselor (LPC). My work continues to deepen through my ongoing studies of Relational-Cultural Theory, Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Ecopsychology.
During my 34 years of experience, I have practiced in a variety of settings. My most recent responsibility was as the Director of the Center for Social and Emotional Growth at an independent pre-k through 8th grade school. Prior to this I was a Child Preparation Therapist for the Three Rivers Adoption Council. I also worked for over a decade as an Adult Psychotherapist at Heritage Valley Health System’s Staunton Clinic and Northern/Southwest Communities Mental Health System. In addition, for several years I spent time as a Research Associate with Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
Today I focus on my private practice working with people from diverse backgrounds. Specifically, I see young adults and women who experience challenges with life transitions, relationships, anxiety and/or depression, and parents who are looking to engage in more cooperative and nurturing relationships with their children. I see these challenges through the lens of personal growth and wholeness.
I live in a wooded area outside of Pittsburgh with my husband and two dogs and enjoy frequent visits with our adult daughter, extended family and friends and long walks in nature.