I truly enjoy and value the opportunity to help change young lives. In addition to experience working with youth as a therapist in outpatient and in-home settings, I have a background in the arts (I am a former Elementary School Music Teacher and singer). This experience informs my approach to therapy, enabling me to bring to it a sense of creativity. I have recently become credentialed as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Play is the child’s natural mode of expression and communication, and sessions with children are conducted in my therapeutic playroom, using play to support emotional well-being and change. I have a down-to-earth, non-judgmental style, and am not afraid to bring humor into sessions at times. I’m genuinely interested in each client, and convey that interest to them.
I am committed to being a lifelong learner, and to continuously updating my skills and learning new techniques and evidence-based treatments. In addition to my credentialing as a Registered Play Therapist, I have been certified in Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT), I have a strong interest in treating childhood trauma. I am trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I am also educated in Parent Management Training (PMT). I have worked at the Yale Child Study Center, providing MDFT (an intensive in-home family therapy for adolescents struggling with a variety of concerns, including substance abuse, mental illness, and conduct disorder), and I interned at the Yale Child Study Center Outpatient Clinic for children working with youth from ages 4-17. I earned my Master of Social Work Degree from Southern Connecticut State University, and also hold a Master of Science (Music Education) from Central Connecticut State University.