Ever since I was a young child, I knew I wanted to be a “helper” in the future. I was always quick to lend a hand to someone in need and when someone was upset or struggling, I would never hesitate to lend an ear. I began my career as a Special Education teacher and remained in that position for almost ten years. I realized that many of my students’ issues in the classroom were related to their emotional issues and lack of coping skills. In some cases, my students just needed a “safe place” to talk and share. As I made plans to further my education, pursing a degree in counseling seemed like the best plan for me.
After earning my Master’s in Counseling Services at William Paterson University, I was fortunate to be able to transition to a School Counseling position and have been in this position for the past nine years. I truly love being able to work with adolescents and to help them learn to find strength during difficult times.
Working with adolescents and their families continues to be fulfilling, though I am excited to start seeing adult clients in the private setting. I have a great deal of experience related to school issues, anxiety, coping with different stressors, working through transitioning to post-grad, and the college counseling process. I have also worked with many adolescent girls with issues related to self-esteem and body image. Other areas of interest include parenting, relationship issues, work/life balance, and navigating life transitions. I am passionate about the therapeutic process and truly believe that everyone deserves happiness.
APPROACH TO THERAPY
Although I tend to naturally favor a Cognitive Behavioral Approach, I also pull from the humanistic model, which incorporates building a strong rapport and developing appropriate goals in a safe and trusting environment. With this, I am open to utilizing a variety of techniques and approaches that will best suit the needs of my clients. Having broad training allows me to tailor my approach based on the age, circumstance, and needs of the individual client so that ultimately we can foster a relationship that will promote personal growth and autonomy.