I have a belief that life is not meant to be linear. Change can be both positive and necessary. It can be a catalyst for growth. On that note, here is a little about me:
I have my Masters Degree in Education from Lehigh University, and I've worked in both the education and healthcare fields for years. As time went on, and life threw a few curveballs, I could no longer ignore that little voice inside urging me toward a career change. I am now in my final year of the graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Kutztown University. I am so grateful to be on this path. This is a path which, to me, holds extraordinary purpose.
In my work so far, I have focused primarily on helping individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, and the impacts of trauma. As a cancer survivor myself, I am also particularly interested in helping individuals and families dealing with the mental health impacts that coincide with cancer or other serious illnesses.
In my counseling approach, I tend to take an existential psychotherapy orientation. I see you as a unique individual, not a diagnosis. In a practical sense, I will also use solution- focused, cognitive behavioral, and somatic techniques in our sessions. We will work on building self- awareness, coping skills and resiliency. I will tailor the intervention to you, so that you feel both supported and empowered to move toward a better way of life.
"I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”
― Maya Angelou
For over 20 years, I have been a student of psychoanalysis. I received my Doctorate in English with a Concentration in Psychoanalysis from the University at Buffalo where I extensively researched the intersection of language, sexuality, and psychoanalytic theory through the State University of New York’s Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture. Afterwards, I worked for several years as a certified peer support before I began my Master of Arts in Counseling, specializing in Clinical Mental Health at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
As a clinical intern, I hope to provide you with the highest quality of psychotherapy as I complete my internship and begin my analytic formation. The work we do focuses on evaluating unconscious motivations, which can be quite a complex process, and utilizes techniques such as free association, clarifying ambiguous statements, reflective listening, and supporting the patient to acquire the meaning they need to make sense of who they are and where they wish to go in life.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy, like most psychotherapies, is an intimate mode of linguistic investigation, and the amount of time we spend in session will require us periodically to evaluate and assess the nature of the evolving relationship between you, your therapist, and the goals you desire to attain. At times, you may be confronted with difficult, maybe painful memories from the past—there is a reason it is called therapeutic work. Nevertheless, psychotherapy has the potential to help create new, positive associations, new perspectives about the world around you, greater self-awareness, and a newfound contentedness with whom you are to yourself and to others. To paraphrase Thoreau, I believe it is necessary to go confidently in the direction of our dreams, and I believe you are someone worth living them. I look forward to creating a positive working relationship with you.
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