C-DBT & EMDR Clinician I have been a practicing social worker in the Lehigh Valley for over 15 years. I received both my Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. My work experience ranges from roles as a counselor in a family based community program, a social worker in mental health LTSR and community based program, an inpatient Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker, an outpatient Bereavement Coordinator, and a outpatient mental health therapist.
I have experience working with both adolescents and adults whom have a range of behavioral and mental health issues. Most of my expertise lies in working with individuals whom struggle with depression, anxiety. grief/loss, mood and adjustment disorders, as well as trauma/PTSD. I have a holistic and strengths based approach to my care in attempt to meet all the different and complex needs of my patients. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Grief & Loss, Mindfulness, as well as Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing. I am a certified clinician in C-DBT and EMDR.
After working for others for a number of years, I finally had enough of just offering basic care. The meaning behind opening The Calm Space is to offer a more holistic approach to how we treat and care for our mental health. Holistic health is about caring for the whole person — providing for your physical, mental, spiritual, and social needs. It's rooted in the understanding that all these aspects affect your overall health, and being unwell in one aspect affects you in others. It's a more comprehensive and personalized way of thinking about wellness. My hope and goal is to offer more just traditional therapy, but support groups, skills and processing groups as well as more eastern medicine such as Reiki and Aromatherapy.
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of a day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." -Mary Ann Radmacher
I started my career in the mental health field as a Recreation Counselor in a residential treatment facility for children and adolescents, while pursuing my Bachelor’s degree. Upon graduation from DeSales University with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology, I began working full time as a Child Care Counselor (now commonly referred to as Mental Health Technician). I remained working with children and adolescents as a Child Care Counselor while I pursued my Master’s degree. I graduated with my Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) from Kutztown University. Following graduation, I began working as a Clinician/Therapist in the residential treatment facility working with children, adolescents and their families providing individual, family and group therapies. I eventually transferred to the agency's diagnostic program where I had the opportunity to not only continue providing therapy but also work to determine diagnoses and the best services for the children/adolescents and their families. In early 2019, I began working in an outpatient private practice setting providing therapy and counseling to children, adolescents, and adults. I also have experience providing Tele-Health services both through local practice and a national website.
I have experience working with clients, both children and adults, who have a variety of mental health needs including conduct disorder, anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, Bi-polar disorder, adjustment disorder, and more. I have helped clients through life transitions, adjustment issues, relationship issues, parenting, trauma, grief, abuse and more. I have experience providing individual, family, and group counseling services, as well as crisis intervention. I am certified in C-DBT and a trained clinician in EMDR.
My counseling style is strengths-based, warm, and interactive. My goal is to help others in their desire to improve upon themselves and meet both treatment and life goals. I typically utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to help my clients focus on connecting thoughts, emotions and behaviors. I want to help my clients understand how thoughts, behaviors, and emotions relate and influence one another as well as how they can restructure their thinking in an attempt to develop healthier thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. I work from a strengths-based approach in which I focus on a client’s strengths, resiliency, and resourcefulness, and less on weaknesses, failures, and shortcomings. I strive to aid clients in developing mood stability and safety to live their best life.
I started my career in the mental health field as a student at Bryn Athyn College, where I graduated with a B.A. degree in Psychology. Upon graduation, I worked for adults who are on the spectrum to help them improve their quality of life by building social and life skills. I continued my education at Rosemont College for a Master's degree in Professional Counseling. While in graduate school, I worked in a residential facility as a youth and family counselor working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges who have been placed out of the home. After I finish the program, I continue gaining my experience by transferring to the family-based department, spending the last 3 years providing care for children/ adolescents who are at risk for out-of-home placement and their families using the eco-systemic family therapy model to work towards improving family attachment, cohesion, and self-regulation.
I have experience working with both children and adult clients who have a variety of mental health needs, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder. I have also helped clients who have difficulties in self-harming ideation/ tendencies, ADHD, relationship issues, and more. I have experience providing individual, couple, and family counseling as well as crisis interventions.
My counseling style and therapeutic approach are strengths-based interventions to meet my clients' needs, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Play therapy, The Gottman Method, and Solution-focused therapy. I also empathized with the systemic viewpoints that allow me to see the thoughts and behavioral patterns, communication styles, and interactions within themself and the family system as a whole. I recently obtained my certification as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and completed training in Eye Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I strive to help my clients connect with themselves differently by creating and developing a deeper understanding of their emotional and physical states. My hope is to help my clients achieve positive and cohesive lifestyles through their personal strengths and to face their fears safely.
"Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space it is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." -Viktor Frankl
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Board-Certified Music Therapist with over twelve years of clinical experience. Over the years, I have supported children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families through unique challenges. Utilizing a trauma-informed approach, I have supported individuals with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, special needs, out-of-home placement, forensic care, geriatric care, and end-of-life considerations. All my experiences have illustrated not only the perseverance of human nature, but also the potential growth and healing one can achieve at any age.
I began my studies at Seton Hill University where I earned my Bachelor of Music, concentrating in Music Therapy. After earning my Music Therapy Board Certification (MT-BC) I went on to study at Temple University. There I received my Master of Music Therapy, while taking extra studies in counseling so that I might earn my LPC. Along the way, I completed additional training in Trauma, Yoga and Reiki. I am a certified clinical trauma professional. I am a Certified Yoga Teacher through the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts and Reiki Level III with the Usui System of Natural Healing.
As your therapist, we will work together to explore the matters currently affecting your efforts towards your highest potential for well-being. My sessions are shaped by my client-centered and existential orientation; you will be provided a non-judgmental, respectful, and empathic space in which to explore, challenge and actualize your goals. I look forward to assisting you along your journey.
I started my career in the mental health field as an intern at a youth house shelter working with the adolescent population. After achieving my bachelor’s from University of Phoenix, I worked as a Mental Health Technician at an inpatient children’s psychiatric hospital. I worked full time at the facility for five years and then transitioned into a case management position for an ABA company, while earning my Registered Behavior Technician certification.
Since then, I graduated with my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and in Applied Behavior Analysis. I have spent much of my career since then providing therapy to individuals, couples and families in the outpatient setting. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, with a variety of mental health needs.
My passion and expertise focus on working through a systemic viewpoint with focus on multi-generational trauma, or family relationships. I have done extensive work with clients with PTSD, Panic Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression, Borderline Personality Disorders. I have provided group therapy and training for crisis intervention and crisis de-escalation.
My counseling style is strength based with an emphasis on how we live in our environments and observing the areas of life that are impacting us. This focus allows me to view the patterns and interactions of an individual within many perspectives as well as better understand behavior and communication styles. My goal is to help others improve themselves. I am currently working on completing licensure for both my Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I strive to help clients realize and build their personal strengths, to live their best life.
I started my career in mental health as a student at Northampton Community College (NCC) where I graduated with my Associate’s degree in Psychology. I transferred to East Stroudsburg University (ESU) where I got my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a certificate in Crisis Intervention. While at ESU, I interned for Upward Bound and worked one-on-one with high school students. I assessed students’ needs like family issues, career interests, goal setting, prioritizing, time management, and test anxiety. In December 2019, I started working as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I worked with the children by going into the community and supporting them with their communication and social skills. I recently graduated with my Masters's in Art from New York University (NYU).
I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with ASD, depression, anxiety, and Bipolar. I have also helped clients who have difficulties with negative body image and ADHD. My counseling style is a holistic approach with strength-based interventions including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Play Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Somatic Therapy. I like to look at a person as a whole and believe that every individual is different and should be approached differently based on their needs.
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