About Me

I love a good About Me page. If you’re like me, you want to know what makes people tick.

So let’s start with the fun stuff ( … but scroll down if credentials are your thing). 

  • I love to laugh.
  • Outside in summer + by my fireplace in winter = happiness.
  • I believe in crazy good self-care, the healing powers of dark chocolate, telling the truth, and showing up 100%.
  • I’m highly intuitive and a highly sensitive person.
  • I also believe that it’s OK to love all of yourself, all of the time ( …yes, even then).

I come from a long line of women healers. My mother is a nurse. My maternal great-grandmother healed with sewing and music … and was known to wrap a towel around her head and tell fortunes.

For the first part of my life, however, I did anything BUT act like a healer.

I was a shy middle child born into a Irish-Scottish middle-class family, just east of Manhattan. Not only was I shy, but I was also picked up the emotions of the people and environments around me … like a human lint-brush. I had no idea what to do with this until later. I began writing stories, plays and poems. It gave me a safe perch to watch the world.

After college, I become a journalist at a daily newspaper in upstate New York. Meanwhile, I didn’t like myself. I was plagued by feelings of doubt and inadequacy. I had no clue how to deal with it, though I tried all the usual stuff to cover it up and self-medicate. Before long, I came down with a severe bout of Repetitive Strain Injury. It side-lined my writing career and brought my life to abrupt and total halt. I lost my job, my house, and my independence. I moved back in with my parents, who had relocated even further east to the North Fork of Long Island  … about a mile from where my great-grandmother lived and where I spent summers as a child. It was a dark, depressing time. Seriously. Many days, I did not think I’d survive.

It was there that I slowly began to heal. While I worked on healing my body, I also learned how to heal my relationship with myself. I began to understand my sensitivity and how to work with it. I resolved the self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy. I walked for hours on the North Fork’s beaches, farms and woods, while I slowly began to re-imagine a future. With help, I went back to school for a graduate degree in social work, so that I could step into my lineage as a healer.

Today, I work with smart and sensitive women to help them heal and have lives they love.

And the professional highlights . . . 

I have helped hundreds of women, ages 5 to 75, heal from the aftermath of trauma, such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, death of a loved one, complications from giving birth, accidents … just to name a few.

My credentials:

  • Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from the State University of NY.
  • Licensed clinical social worker in both NJ and NY.
  • Certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), 2006.
  • Post-graduate certificate in Child Maltreatment from the New Jersey Child Abuse Training Institute, 2007.
  • Registered yoga teacher (200-hour level), 2000.
  • Bach Flower Essences, Level 1 Certification, 2014.

In addition, I’ve studied:

I love to combine traditional healing tools with alternative stuff and am constantly developing/learning. 

Dog Therapy

Another healing tool I use is dog therapy. Ria (below) is an adult female mixed breed dog that I adopted from Horsecreek Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary in Tennessee in 2011(click here to read about their great work). She is a graduate of the Make Sit Happen training in Hillsborough, NJ (highly recommended).

Ria’s duties are:

  • Greeting you at the top of the stairs.
  • Inviting you to play with her.
  • Providing emotional support through unconditional love and curling up next to you on the couch.

For more on the benefits of dog therapy, click here.

Ready to work together?

I see clients in person at my office in New Jersey or on video Skype from anywhere in the world. Click here to book your appointment.

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