I truly believe that entering therapy is an important and meaningful step toward change of self, relationships and family dynamics. It is important to utilize structural, strategic, experiential, drama therapy, cognitive behavioral and solution focused treatment methods to achieve these goals. It is also important to communicate and collaborate with pediatricians, school professionals, and other professionals as appropriate. I believe in a systems approach to treat individuals, couples and families. It is also important to provide options for family members that involve a variety of social skills therapy groups for children, parent support groups and support for siblings.
My specialty is in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with or experiencing symptoms of neurodevelopmental diagnoses including Autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. Additionally, she has a significant amount of experience treating mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety.
An additional area of extensive knowledge and interest is treatment of trauma, including sexual abuse/assault and intimate partner/family violence. I have been trained and certified in these areas since 2000. My treatment includes Internal Family Systems method (IFS) and I was a former Director of a local Hartford County non-profit crisis counseling agency. I continue to provide consulting to this program.
I am a Connecticut Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my MS in Marriage and Family therapy and BA in psychology from CCSU. I have over 20 years of experience working with children and families, including teaching for 5 years in an early childhood program and as a child development specialist providing ABA therapy for one year. My experience has consisted of working with early childhood programs, residential settings, in-home family therapy, community and school based counseling.