About Me

About Me

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I am a married mother of 3. I obtained my BA in Psychology from Duquesne University. My Program of Study emphasized phenomenology and existentialism as well as philosophy. It  is a one of a kind psychology program that approaches the human situation through depth psychology and study of the soul’s condition. This was particularly advantageous for me since I grew up in a family focused on health and a spirit of giving. My father was an old-fashioned general practitioner who was often compensated with home-grown produce instead of money.  Thanks to his influence, I obtained my MSW from Catholic University. From him I acquired a comfort with the home visit. As a Social Worker I sometimes find this approach not just helpful but necessary. In my father’s tradition I attended New York Medical College and worked with inner city clients. Eventually I earned a BA in Child Clinical Psychology from George Mason University which allowed me to understand much of the formal language in testing reports regarding children.

I held a variety of jobs and treated clients of every possible functioning level, both children and adults.  I have traveled to Greece numerous times to study ancient healing practices and use of dreams for healing purposes. I have learned how to carry the healing tradition of Asklepious, the god of both physicians and psychotherapists, into my Practice and therefore assist in the healing of others.  I have traveled to Vietnam with both therapists and veterans to study healing from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. By using stories and guided ritual I personally witnessed countless healings and rebirths after trauma. These experiences have been extremely useful in my own Practice.

I am not a newcomer to severe trauma. I suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident as a teenager.  I miraculously recovered completely.  As a result of my experience, I have learned  how to deal with the functional and practical aspects of TBI.  My complete recovery from my own traumatic injuries has helped me become well-versed in emotional trauma as well as physical trauma suffered from severe injuries and surgeries.

I have always been a very intuitive person. But following my car accident I was blessed with a Near Death Experience.  I have become very tuned in to the energy flow and spiritual light around us. This lends another perspective and dimension to my work that is often very useful in my Practice.  I used my expertise for the following:

  1. Ran a “Recovery and Self-Renewal Group” for Brain-Injured adult clients at Head Injury Services
  2. Presented a workshop entitled “From Grief to Self-Esteem” highlighting emotional recovery strategies at Journey Towards Independence
  3. Presented a workshop on Traumatic Brain Injury to the American Holistic Medical Association

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Degrees

  • Catholic University, Washington, DC, MSW
  • George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, MA Child Clinical Psychology
  • Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, BA Psychology

Credentials and Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
  • Board Certified Diplomate Status (Social Work)
  • 20 Hours. Administrative Coursework in School Psychology
  • George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, School Psychologist Certification (Pending completion of internship)

Publications

  • “In My Father’s Footsteps”, Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy (2001)

Professional and Society Associations

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • American Academy of Psychotherapists (AAP)
  • American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS)
  • National Center for Crisis Management (BCETS)
  • Beta Tau Alpha Sorority