About Me

So let’s start with the fun stuff.

  • I love to laugh.
  • Outside in summer + by the fireplace in winter = happiness.
  • I believe in crazy good self-care, 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, and I didn’t seem to fit in the world. I had no clue how to deal with these feelings, but 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. This ended my writing career. It also brought my life to a complete halt. I lost my job, my house, and my independence. I moved back in with my parents, who had relocated to the eastern-most rural tip of the 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. Many days, I did not think I’d survive … or wanted to.

It was there that I slowly began to heal. While I worked on healing my body with physical therapy, acupuncture and yoga, I also learned how to heal my relationship with myself. I reconnected with my family. I saw a therapist for the first time in my life. I began to understand my sensitivity and how to work with it. I walked for hours on the North Fork’s beaches and farm, while I slowly began to re-imagine my future. I made art to give an outlet to the places inside me without words. All of these things were completely transformative. With help, I went back to school for a graduate degree in social work, so 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 . . . 

  • Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from the State University of New York.
  • Licensed clinical social worker in both New Jersey and New York.
  • Certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), 2006.
  • Post-graduate certificate in Child Maltreatment from the New Jersey Child Abuse Training Institute, 2007.
  • Yoga Teacher, 200-hour level, Kripalu, 2000.
  • Reiki I (2012) and Reiki II (2013)
  • Akashic Records Reading.
  • Bach Flower Essences, Level 1 Certification, 2014.

In addition, I’ve studied:

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 Horsecreek Farm.

Ria is a graduate of the Make Sit Happen training in Hillsborough, NJ.

Her 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 work with clients 2 ways:

  1. In person at my office in Somerville, New Jersey.
  2. By phone and video Skype from wherever you are.

Click here to book your appointment.

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