I have several years of experience treating adults with anxiety, substance use disorders (addiction) as well as survivors of trauma. Other areas of specialty include self-esteem, communication, depression, grief and loss. My theoretical framework is grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy. This approach explores how our thinking, feelings and actions are connected to and influence each other. I have training and experience in conducting TREM (Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model) groups, a psychoeducational group designed to improve women’s understanding of trauma, as well as build skills to recover from trauma experiences. I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania. I am also certified in Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy in Pennsylvania. This approach is an intensive and brief therapy designed and researched by Eda Foa and Unniversity of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CSTA) to reduce the debilitating symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, I also utilize techniques from other therapies and disciplines including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivation Enhancement Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Temple University, with a minor in Sociology. After working in the mental health field for a few years, I obtained my master’s degree in clinical counseling psychology from La Salle University. During my masters internship, I worked with people with substance use disorders or addiction. There is so much negative opinion surrounding substance use/abuse (alcohol and other drugs) that there are even stricter laws about addiction confidentiality in Pennsylvania than for medical or mental health services.
This internship experience helped me realize that addiction was not the primary issue. While addiction destroys careers, families and health, it can also be viewed as an unhealthy way someone is trying to survive and cope with mental health issues and other unresolved trauma.