I am a licensed clinical social worker with life coach training. Early in my career as a case worker, I managed clients' mental health care and facilitated group classes for those with chronic mental illness. I also managed in home care for the elderly so that they could remain in their own homes as they aged in place. As a hospice social worker, I facilitated care and support for hospice patients and their families. Over the last 20+ years I have managed a thriving private practice as a therapist and life coach, working with adults and couples. My area of specialization is in grief and loss therapy developed through many years of additional training and personal experience. I also co-created and co-facilitated a program called Aferwards, LLC., which was dedicated to helping those 1-5 years past a major loss or significant life change to re-engage in life again, re-define and re-create their purpose and meaning, and step forward into the next chapter of their lives.
As a generalist, I have training and experience in helping people overcome depression, manage anxiety, and heal from PTSD. I have a very good understanding of issues of codependency and work with clients to bring them to a better place of self respect and balance. I also work with couples to help them create a more collaborative, respectful and loving relationship, getting beyond hurts, resentments, and betrayals.
My focus on loss and grief in my practice is supported by my education, training, working with clients, and personal experience. I have been through the divorce of my parents, my mother’s death to cancer, personal divorce, the loss of my infant son and most recently breast cancer and double mastectomies, along with many other life challenges.
Motivated by the loss of my own child, for the past 17 years my specialization within grief therapy is working with parents who have lost children - from pregnancy loss to middle aged grown children. I've worked with parents whose children passed due to medical conditions, homicide, accident, suicide and drug addiction. Loss of a child is an extremely complicated grieving experience that calls for unconditional compassion and empathetic understanding. I'm very passionate about providing this for parents. I help them heal while discovering ways to bring the spirit of their child forward with them, and helping them to find purpose, meaning and joy in life again.
On the other side of my practice is life coaching. I work with professionals, artists, retirees and business owners who are looking to tap into their motivation, find balance, or reach their goals. Being a working mother and running my own private practice I bring personal as well as professional knowledge and experience to the coaching process.
In addition to being a seasoned therapist and life coach, I have presented lectures and workshops at The Starting Point, Inc. of New Jersey, on topics of grief and loss, and self empowerment. I have also presented workshops at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) annual conference.
My approach to therapy and coaching is very co-active and pro-active. We work collaboratively and use techniques and strategies that keep the process moving forward. As I've been known to tell new clients "I am not a 'rent a friend.' " You are investing your time, efforts and resources into this process, therefore, my responsibility is to provide you with the guidance and tools that will make your investment worthwhile. Information is NOT transformation. Only by fully engaging in an active therapeutic process can full transformation happen.
When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, my 3 children, friends, going to the theater and working out.
Education: MSW - Master of Social Work, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ; BA - Sociology, Eastern College, St. Davids, PA;
License: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), NJ 44SC04917200
Additional Training: Life Coach training through the GROW Training Institute, Inc., Continuing Education specializing in grief and loss, couples therapy, and cognitive therapy.