I could begin by telling you about my professional experience (you can find that below), but I’m guessing what you really want to know is, “Can I relate to this therapist?” and “Can she help me?”
So first let me reassure you. I’ve been where you are. I’m a mother, just like you. I have two young kids and intimately know the feeling of complete adoration one moment and utter exasperation the next. I’m also a stepmom, so I understand the unique dynamics of blended families, too.
I had years of experience working with children before having my first child. As a school counselor, I was known for being exceptionally patient with my students. When I became a parent I assumed this would naturally translate to being an exceptionally patient mother.
But when my newborn daughter grew into a demanding toddler, she began pushing my buttons (as kids tend to do!). I was surprised by the feelings it evoked in me, and ashamed that I wasn't able to manage them better. The birth of my second daughter brought new challenges--- anxiety and periods of feeling down and disconnected. Yes, there were joyful, tender moments, but I often felt irritable, guilty, and discouraged.
I realized that in order to become the mother I wanted to be, I would need to get intentional in how I approached not only parenting, but my own well-being. My experience led to a passion for helping other moms begin their journeys toward greater awareness, fulfillment, and self-compassion.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Massachusetts (license #117151). I began working in special education over 20 years ago, and transitioned to counseling parents, kids, and teens in 2007 as I pursued my master's degree in clinical social work at Boston University. After finishing my master's, I worked in a therapeutic private school where I provided individual counseling, family therapy, and outreach services. I moved into private practice following the birth of my first child, where I now work exclusively with adults.
Personally and professionally, I have an interest in using both mindfulness and movement to quiet the mind and gain more ease and awareness. I have advanced training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a mindfulness-based modality, and have also completed training in yoga therapy.
Please note the following while deciding if therapy with me might fit your needs:
All sessions are held online.
My fee is $120 for a 50-minute session ($150 for the initial Intake Consultation).
I do not accept insurance, but can provide you with a receipt to submit to your insurance company for possible partial reimbursement.
You must physically be in the state of Massachusetts during every session per licensing laws.