I am a licensed psychologist and have been in private practice for 10 years in Rosemont, PA. My academic path started with an undergraduate degree in psychology, cum laude from Rosemont College. This was followed by working in social service for two years where I realized that I wanted to work with people in a more in-depth way. At Hahnemann University I received a Masters Degree in 1980 in Group Process and Psychotherapy. In-patient and out-patient settings were part of my practicum experiences while in the program and included: Eugenia Hospital, Eastern State School and Hospital, Children's Crisis Treatment Center, and a Philadelphia Community Mental Health agency.
After graduation from Hahnemann University, I worked in an outpatient mental health setting for a year and this was followed by 5 years working as a therapist at Malvern Institute, a drug and alcohol treatment center. At Malvern, I did individual and group therapy, and conducted family education sessions. While raising my children, I stayed involved in the mental health field by working for Family and Community Services of Delaware County running children's groups. This was followed by conducting group therapy for sexually abused latency aged girls through Family Support Line in Media, PA.
In 1999, I received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from Widener University. Clinical experiences while a student included: Psychological Services Center (an outpatient facility affiliated with Widener University and The Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology), Valley Forge Military Academy and College Counseling Center, and Margolis and Shrier Health Psychology Practice in Philadelphia. Although I have always been interested in the mind-body connection, it was at Margolis and Shrier Health Psychology that my interest became solidified. Here, I received training in hypnosis, which I continue to use in my practice. While as a student, I also sought out and obtained training in other mind-body approaches such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
Following graduation from Widener, I took a post-doctorate position at the Renfrew Center, Philadelphia where I had the opportunity to work with individuals with eating disorders, many of whom had trauma histories. As coordinator of the Trauma Track, I became more aware of the importance of the stages of trauma treatment. Individual, group, and family therapy were all part of my therapist responsibilities at Renfrew.
In 2001, I opened my private practice in Rosemont, PA. I have enjoyed working with adolescents and adults with a variety of issues. Some of my specialty areas are: Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress, dissociation, relationship issues, and adjustment to chronic medical conditions.
In addition to my private practice I was Clinical Supervisor at Daemion Counseling Services in Berwyn, PA from 2008-2011. I am currently the Vice President and Program Chair for The Greater Phildadelphia Society of Clinical Hypnosis. My other professional affiliations include:
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
Pennsylvania Psychological Association
Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists