I am both a certified school counselor, as well as a licensed professional counselor. I have a Masters Degree (M.A.) in Professional Counseling and an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed. S.) in Mental Health Counseling from Seton Hall University. I have extensive training and experience in child and adolescent development and treatment and have worked closely with numerous parents who have faced challenges in their parent-child relationships. Within this therapeutic framework, I have done individual, group, and family counseling in private practice, schools and in-home crisis intervention and therapy. The work I have done within the school setting has provided me with in-depth understanding and skill in working with Child Study Teams in order to better assist children and adolescents with special needs as well as the development of Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
My therapeutic approach is eclectic using both psychodynamic and client-centered orientations. My efficacy, particularly with adolescents, has its genesis in my sincerity, non-judgmental manner, and disarming sense of humor. It is not uncommon to hear from parents, “we have taken our son or daughter to three other therapists and you are the only one he/she will talk to.” Most often, my clients look forward to their sessions each week. In addition to working with children and adolescents, I have worked with adults and couples assisting them in further developing their understanding of themselves as well as others, improving communication skills, making healthier choices, and decision-making skills related to relationships and careers.
My counseling experience, whether with children, adolescents, couples, or adults, is broad-based and diverse encompassing a multitude of diagnoses ranging from prevalent psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, drug use, anger issues, grief and divorce (to name a few) to more serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar mood disorder, self-harm and suicidal ideation. I have worked with culturally diverse populations of various ages, ethnicities, faiths, and sexual orientations. I am very interactive and collaborative with a focus on how one’s life experiences make us who we are. I provide strategies and interventions that enable individuals to truly affect change thereby improving their current life circumstances by enhancing emotional well-being, increasing self-awareness and self-esteem, as well as establishing more fulfilling interpersonal relationships.
I look forward to the opportunity to develop a collaborative, supportive, client-centered therapeutic relationship with you.