I am a therapist with a passion for working with adults, children, adolescents, and families. I firmly believe that behavioral problems such as intense emotional outbursts, hyperactivity, and focus are often symptoms of larger issues and strive to treat those problems through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I have received specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Traumatic Grief Focused CBT. I received my Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Social Work in 2003. Over the last twenty years, I have worked in various settings such as out-patient counseling centers, a private school-based partial hospitalization program, and in the public school system, providing individual, family, and specialized group therapy.
I have experience in helping parents advocate for their children, creating and formulating positive behavioral support plans to accommodate children with anxiety and OCD, and providing consultation and support for children with IEPs or 504 plans to help identify modifications to support educational success. I also specialize in working with children experiencing anxiety due to the adjustment of family changes, whether that be the loss of a parent or other family member, divorce, or witnessing/experiencing physical, verbal, or sexual abuse.
Additionally, I work in local school districts providing specialized preventative programing focusing on anger management, building positive emotional coping skills, and bully/cyber bully prevention.
I also have a trained and certified therapy dog and enjoy working with her in therapy when appropriate.
When I am not working, I enjoy volunteering with the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania, traveling with my husband and two daughters, exercise, and reading.