Bio and Information
I received a Master of Science in Counseling in 2003 from UVM and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. With my prior work as a social worker and my current role as a psychotherapist, I have accrued over ten years of experience working with adolescents, college-aged students, families and individuals on sorting through a variety of life’s difficulties and problems. A majority of my training and post graduate work has been with adolescents struggling with substance use issues. At the Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, I work with adults and adolescents who may be struggling with problems such as but not limited to: substance abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, parenting concerns, and adjustment to challenging life transitions.
I practice from primarily narrative, cognitive-behavioral, existential and motivational enhancement theoretical perspectives. In other words, I might choose from a variety of approaches to explore ways to alleviate a person’s distress or discomfort depending on what a person’s goals are for treatment and the nature of the problem. No matter the issue or goal, I draw from my belief in treating life’s problems with respect, kindness and humor. I also tend to focus on a person’s strengths and inherent assets and am always interested and curious about the aspirations and dreams someone might have for their life; particularly the areas which are being masked or hidden by a problem. I choose this focus because I believe it helps both me and the person consulting me to creatively and genuinely navigate the many twist and turns created by the presence of problems in our lives.
Therapy is most effective when there is a good fit between client and therapist so I encourage anyone interested in getting to know me further or finding out more about how I approach my therapeutic work to schedule a brief meeting or phone interview. I am in the office on Mondays and Fridays and I check my email daily. I look forward to hearing from you!