2022-2023 Co-Active Training Institute (CTI) - Professional Coaching Certification
2022 Embodied Social Justice Institute - Embodied Social Justice Certificate
2020-2022 Somatic Experiencing International - Somatic Experiencing Training
2020 Parnell Institute - EMDR Training
2019 Pennsylvania Clinical Supervisor Training
2017-2019 Center for Somatic Studies - Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy Certificate
2012-2015 Gestalt Training Institute of Philadelphia - Gestalt Therapy Certificate
I believe therapy is based on the relationship between therapist and client where the client is the expert on their own lives. My goal is to provide a collaborative, non-judgmental space where clients can work to discover areas of their lives where they would like to change, grow, and gently uncover their true selves.
Often, issues arise in the therapeutic environment (between client and therapist) that are also occurring in your life, and we experiment together to find new ways of being and interacting in the world.
My training and background is in Gestalt, somatic (body-oriented), and relational orientations, which are based on the premise of person-in-environment, meaning that our identities are shaped by the environment we are in. Therefore, I also integrate into my work with clients, what is happening at societal, environmental, and cultural levels.
I draw on my experience as a hospice social worker and bereavement counselor, medical social worker at Fox Chase Cancer Center, improv comedian, and even a hobbyist woodworker to bring my full self to my work. If I'm offering an insight, it's likely I've learned it by living!
Therapy can, at times, seem difficult and overwhelming. I encourage each client to go at their own pace to ensure they feel they have found a safe place to truly explore their individuality. My work is trauma informed and consent based. I intend to work together to get to know the uniqueness inherent in each client without making assumptions with profound respect for how you have creatively adjusted through life.
I have extensive training in grief and loss, trauma, body image issues, divorce, relationship issues, illness, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ* related issues (especially coming out later in life), somatic therapy, EMDR, trans-allyship, anti-oppression and developmental trauma. I am a fat-positive, and poly-affirming therapist.