The qualities of curiosity and wonder are core values for me, providing an endless source of delight and meaning. I’m continually learning, for my own growth and for the growth of my clients.
My own perspective is that in most cases, when the impediments to growth are understood and removed, when our minds and our bodies are receiving good fuel and attentive care, we are naturally wired to heal and to grow.
I am a BRCA2-positive, breast cancer survivor/thriver. I live with my spouse in Dobbs Ferry, and we have three grown children.
My Background and Training
Experience and credentials matter, but they do not a good counselor make. As you search for someone to work with, I encourage you to listen to your own sense of the potential connection between you and the counselor. That connection is much more important than credentials, coursework, and licensures.
With that said, I have a doctoral degree (1988) in Counseling Psychology from the University of Connecticut, am Licensed in New York as a Mental Health Counselor (006354), and in Connecticut as a Professional Counselor (001419). I’m certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors and am a Board Certified Coach (Center for Credentialing and Education) as well as a Certified Health Coach (Institute for Integrative Nutrition). I’m committed to continually learning about mental health, mindfulness, nutrition, cultural differences/identity, creativity — really, taken together, all fields that support the search for meaning and well-being.
In the first decade of my career I served as Associate Dean of Students, Minority Student Advisor, and International Student Advisor at a liberal arts college. I then moved to the boarding/day school world where I served for 10 years as Academic Dean and then 6 more as Director of Counseling (teaching throughout) – before opening my private practice. I’ve been a faculty member at the Stanley King Counseling Institute since 2001 and have taught counseling skills at the Blackberry River Retreat (for independent school college counselors) since 2008. As the spouse of a Head of School, I live on a boarding school campus. I frequently visit independent schools to give workshops on basic counseling skills as well as on research pertaining to racism.
I have extensive training in EMDR (level II), cognitive-behavioral therapies, coaching, energy therapies (advanced certificate in Emotional Freedom Technique), positive psychology, and creativity in counseling. I’ve taken numerous courses on nutrition and its relationship to mental health, including classes provided by Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, and other training providers.
I serve as a ghost writer and editor for several administrators in the independent school world, helping them craft emails, letters to parents, and the like.
If you are interested in working together, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 860–677-1157.