I have been a practicing clinician in the Buffalo area since 1997. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from SUNY at Buffalo and a Masters Degree from Canisius College, I was fortunate to have worked for leading local mental health agencies. In 2007, I opened my own private practice.
"We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance."
In 2007, I opened my own private practice where I specialize primarily in working with those affected by trauma and anxiety disorders. This includes counseling those who have been affected by trauma.
Counseling services are provided to children, adolescents, adults, individuals, families and groups. I have worked with clients on a broad range of issues including attachment, anxiety, coping, grief/loss, sexual abuse, sexual boundaries, stress management, issues related to divorce and trauma therapy.
Clients are often referred through educators, social service agencies, colleagues, physicians, attorneys and courts of law.
I am an EMDR therapist with Cognitive Behavioral Influences. I am also an EMDR Approved Consultant and do provide EMDR consultation for other clinicians. Additionally, I am also certified in the Integrative Attachment Trauma Processing Model (IATP) with EMDR To learn more about EMDR or IATP, please visit www.EMDRIA.org
My counseling sessions are provided in a relaxed, comfortable setting conducive to open discussion. Through dialogue, writing and focused feedback, clients are offered a chance to look at their lives and circumstances from a new perspective leading toward change. Sessions may also occur via Tele-Health in certain circumstances. My treatment approach is direct and honest. You've got a story to tell, and here's where you can do it in a safe space!
One of my primary goals in working with clients is to empower personal choice and responsibility. One effective way to do this is to provide an opportunity for each individual to create a quote symbolizing his/her own journey; whether it involves courage, strength, love, forgiveness, compassion, etc. These quotes can be used as a personal mantra. It is remarkable how one client's quote can become another client's mantra. When this occurs, the clients' sense of "aloneness" tends to diminish, and realization of healing begins. Below are a few inspirational quote's from clients!
"A Trauma Therapist is someone who helps kids with bad milestones in their lives."
~ T.K., age 12
"EMDR is really hard, but you can go really far, farther than in a car, but still EMDR is hard."
~ T.B., age 17
"Family is: Laughing, Talking, Communicating, loving and respecting with each other."
~ P.H., age 17
State University of New York at Buffalo
Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude with Departmental Honors in Psychology
Master of Science Counseling Education Summa Cum Laude
• ACA - American Counseling Association • NYMHCA - New York State Mental Health Counseling Association • EMDRIA - Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association
2019 WNY EMDR Regional Network Leadership Award
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