I earned a B.A. from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Masters in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. I have worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over twenty years providing clinical counseling services to individuals, couples, families and groups. After spending time working in this capacity my philosophy regarding wellness began shifting from working within a medical model of diagnosing “problems” and treating “conditions” to becoming increasingly interested in focusing on clients existing strengths and co-creating solutions to the daily challenges people face. My own journey with grief, weight loss and establishing healthier lifestyle practices became a personal career shift into the wellness industry.
I went on to earn a Fitness Instruction Certiﬁcation through the University of Southern Maine to practice as a Personal Trainer, certiﬁed through the American College of Sports Medicine. I also completed a comprehensive certiﬁcation program through Wellcoaches in Wellesley, MA., enabling me to practice as a Wellness Coach. I am certiﬁed as an Am I Hungry?® Group Facilitator which utilizes principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness techniques to examine the emotional reasons we use food to cope with difﬁcult emotions and feelings. Most recently I have become a CDWF (Certiﬁed Daring Way Facilitator™) after training with Brené Brown, PhD. and her team. The primary focus of The Daring Way™ is on developing shame resilience skills and developing a courage practice that transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead. I have woven my educational background together to focus on the client as a whole, believing that wellness reﬂects the mind, body and spirit of every client I work with.
On a personal note
I am a connector. I love people and conversations and enjoy assisting others in making positive change and forward movement in their lives. I feel I am equal measures head and heart. You will be greeted with compassion, warmth and reason, with some humor mixed in for good measure. I am sometimes provocative and can be both reverent and irreverent in the same breath. This is not just for the sake of entertainment or shock value, which I do enjoy, but also with the goal to shake up the status quo and challenge the homeostasis that is entrenched in our lives.
Some clients believe that as a counselor I must not struggle or have personal problems. Oooh, how I wish! But to be human is to struggle and we all have personal problems from time to time. I am real and accessible to my clients. I am not an expert. On anything. On disordered eating, ﬁtness, trauma, identity, shame and relationship issues, parenting, addiction, grief, etc. Yes, I have a lot of training, experience, certiﬁcations, etc. but I do not know more about you than… YOU. I can assist in helping you ﬁnd the power to heal and move forward. Together our combined strengths and knowledge is a catalyst to help you achieve your goals. Sometimes it takes all the energy you have just to show up. And on those days, that will be your victory. Other times, we will celebrate together your feeling that you can move mountains.
Bottom line: You are enough. You are worthy. You are perfectly imperfect and wonderfully made. Amen.