Let’s start with the fun stuff. (But if credentials are your thing, scroll down).
- I love to laugh.
- Outside in summer + by my fireplace in winter = happiness.
- I believe in amazingly good self-care, telling the truth, and showing up 100%.
- I believe it’s OK to love all of yourself, all of the time (yes, even then).
I didn’t set out to be in the healing profession. Not even close.
As a middle kid in a big Irish/Scottish middle class clan, I felt like I was “the writer” in the family. A perfect role for my super-shy and super-sensitive self. I felt like I picked up the emotions and the vibe of the people around me … like a human lint-brush. As a kid, I wrote little books, poems and plays and went on to become a journalist. Soonafter I came down with a severely depressing bout of Repetitive Strain Injury. Not only did it side-line my writing career, it also brought my life to a painful grinding halt. It was a dark, depressing time that I wasn’t sure I’d survive. Slowly, I began to heal. I learned how to reconnect to myself, my body and my sense of a future life. It brought me to where I am today, helping others reconnect to themselves, their bodies and a sense of their future lives.
And the professional highlights . . .
I have helped hundreds of women, ages 5 to 75, heal from sexual abuse, physical abuse, death of a loved one, complications from giving birth, early attachment issues from poor parenting … just to name a few traumatic events that a person can live through. I have undergraduate and graduate degrees from the State University of New York. I’m a licensed clinical social worker in New Jersey and New York. I earned a post-graduate certificate in Child Maltreatment from the New Jersey Child Abuse Training Institute. I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I’m also a registered yoga teacher (200-hour level) and self-taught artist.
Another healing tool I use is pet therapy. Ria (below) is an adult dog that I adopted from Horsecreek Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary in Tennessee (click here to read about their great work). She is a graduate of the Make Sit Happen pet therapy training in Hillsborough, NJ (makesithappen.com).
Ria’s duties are:
- Providing emotional support through unconditional love and curling up next to you on the couch.
Want to work together?
I see clients in person at my office in New Jersey or on video Skype from anywhere in the world.
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