I am a clinical social worker licensed in Maryland, DC and New York. For over 20 years, I’ve worked with individuals of various ages, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, who have suffered from mild to severe mental health and substance abuse disorders. Experience and knowledge from this work guides my eclectic and conversational treatment style.
The aspect of my treatment that I believe consistently helps my clients to achieve their goals, is my ability to use humor, strength, transparency and kindness to make it safe for them to be honest with themselves - while also challenging them to demonstrate compassion and love to self for the marvelously imperfect person that he or she is at any given moment. This work takes place in the context of a commitment my clients and I make to show-up regularly in the therapy room where we reflect on how their stories, patterns, beliefs and defenses affect their ability to live the life they want to live. I call this, “the process”. The process can be like a lovely walk under clear blue skies - or a treacherous climb through a dark forest. Throughout the process, my clients are never alone and have never been broken by the climb, or even skinned a knee from an unexpected misstep. Frequently, they find themselves amused and in awe of who they recognize themselves to be as we make our way through their forest to their blue sky peace. I feel honored to work with those who trust me to be a part of their process.
I have worked with clients since 1998, became a professional social worker in 2001, and hold a Master's in Social Work from Adelphi University.