My Professional Background
I grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA and attended college at the University of Pittsburgh where I studied psychology. After college I moved to NYC to earn my master’s degree at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Since 2004 I’ve been working in NY and AZ as a clinical social worker and have gained the following experience:
I completed a 5 year postgraduate training program at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in NYC and earned a certificate in child and adolescent psychotherapy.
I worked for 5 years in a hospital where I supported children and families through treatment for cancer and blood disorders.
I have years of experience providing play therapy and helping parents strengthen connections with their children.
I spent three years working for a child development program where I educated and supported at-risk parents around child development and childhood transitions. I also worked for an early intervention program.
I have 15 years of experience supporting grieving families and have received a lot of specialized training in grief work. I work for a non-profit where I develop support programs, facilitate multiple support groups, and counsel grieving parents.
Most of my training and work experience has been in helping people navigate life challenges. I have received training in child development, parent-child attachment, grief, anxiety, and depression. I am trained in a variety of modalities and believe in a unique, individualized approach for each person. I believe that working together is an effective way to approach any challenge or goal.
Becoming a mother gave me an opportunity to use my creativity in new ways. I have a lot of fun making up lullabies, songs and stories for my children. My career has also influenced some of my writing. I’m always thinking of new ideas and writing drafts for potential children’s books. Because my limited time makes writing and publishing a slow process, writing is currently a hobby and something I love doing when time allows.