As the oldest of five, and as a wife and a therapist, I know that life can often be complicated and stressful. Sometimes it’s overwhelming. There are definitely moments when I forget to breathe. I also know that it doesn’t have to be that way, it can get better. Perhaps you've worked really hard to get where you are, only to discover it's not all you thought it would be; it feels like something's missing. You're longing to connect with someone who "gets" it, but it's hard to find that person. You want help, but it's not easy to ask for it. I know that reaching out can be difficult; it takes courage. I also know that sometimes it's the best decision you can make for yourself. It can mean putting an end to old patterns and behaviors and embarking on something new that will get you the life you really want!
Through my own experience, I have learned that some simple things (like taking a few deep breaths) can make a world of difference. For the major stressors in your life, I know that it may not feel like it, but it is possible to move forward, change your perspective on those events, and not be so affected by them. You may be thinking, “yeah, right...” I know, I didn’t believe it either until I experienced it for myself!
I am so passionate about sharing this knowledge with you, helping you effectively cope and feel better. I believe everyone deserves to lead a complete and fulfilling life, and that you already possess inside all that you need to do that - you just need help accessing it.
My approach with my clients is to honor your individuality. I help to integrate the whole person, drawing on your strengths, positive qualities, past successes and inner resilience. I work with adults, adolescents and families on both personal and interpersonal issues. My approach is holistic. I address all aspects of your being: physical, mental, emotional, relational and spiritual. I use several holistic modalities, including EMDR and mindfulness-based practices.
My counseling practice includes working with individuals who are facing a variety of issues including:
Anxiety & Stress
Grief & Loss
Self-Worth & Self-Confidence
Identity Issues & Re-evaluation of Purpose
Co-Dependency & Dependency
Major Life Transitions
I am a nationally certified Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a private counseling center in Amherst, New York. I hold a Masters’ degree in Mental Health Counseling from Medaille College and have completed the Trauma Counseling Certificate Program from the UB School of Social Work. Also, I have completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
In addition to working with clients on an individual basis, I am also a group facilitator. Some of my groups include Color Me Happy: Using Art Techniques for Stress Management and Inner Radiance: Mandalas For Healing. I also provide on-site crisis debriefing services for a variety of local companies. In addition to my clinical work, I have provided trainings for several organizations and have presented to general audiences speaking on the topics of stress management, holistic wellness and mindfulness.
I have been married for over ten years and reside in the City of Buffalo. I currently provide services to clients throughout the Buffalo, Niagara and Western New York areas.
I truly want to hear your story and see if we can make it better. Please don’t wait one more day. Contact me at (716) 435-3546 to discuss your needs and how my experience and training can assist you in moving beyond these issues towards resolution and healing. I look forward to hearing from you!