About Me

I began as a High School English teacher, and found that students having problems in school often had problems at home.  When contacting parents, I found myself becoming concerned about their needs as well.  In 1970 I began the journey of working in several Not for Profit agencies where I had responsibilities for clients needing many resources. It was evident that communication and family patterns influenced how people manage emotions such as anger and anxiety.  It was also clear that people often assume they should know how to do things, such as parent, and that it is often more stressful than they think it is going to be. Because of my interest in helping, I decided to become a Marriage and Family Therapist and attended Graduate School, John F. Kennedy University to become a therapist and have provided services for 14+ years.

My past and current work has included adults, children, couples, and families. Target problems have included Major Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, oppositional and aggressive behaviors of children and teens, ADHD issues, couples conflicts, blended families, and pre-marital concerns, parenting and trauma related problems. I have worked in Outpatient Clinics, school settings, residential facilities for youth and adults, foster care settings, and private practice.  I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a friend to many,  the owner of a dog, as well as a therapist, and find that my life experience has helped me in my journey of helping people.  My goal is to empower people to become all that they can and want to be and to help them find ways to have positive and enriching relationships.  This sometimes means that people have to find ways to reflect on their thinking and emotions, and to have ways of healing old wounds that influence their current lives.