About Me

Experience and Training

In the mid-90s I left a 17-year career in the high-tech industry to launch a second career as a Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist. I am a Certified Internal Family Systems psychotherapist and a hypnotherapist. I have been in private practice since 2002.

In my mid-20s I began to meditate and practice in a tradition known as Advaita Vedanta. It has been one of the primary influences on my life and practice of psychotherapy. It offers an understanding that your Self is reliable and trustworthy, and the associated practices help to bring the aspects that seem to be obstacles more in line with their original purposes.

For 8 years, I worked at Children’s Charter, an outpatient child and family trauma center in Waltham Massachusetts, where I conducted psychotherapy with children and adults. I was a member of the clinic’s forensic team for which I performed trauma evaluations, parenting assessments, and served as an expert witness in the context of the child protective system.

I taught at Simmons College School of Social Work as an adjunct professor for four years. I was also on the faculty at the Family Institute of Cambridge for five years, where I taught workshops in family therapy, working with adolescents, and integrating spirituality into psychotherapy.

I worked independently as a Guardian ad litem for Suffolk and Middlesex probate courts in high-conflict divorce cases; I was charged with keeping the best interests of the children at the forefront of custody disputes and negotiation.

Between 2002 and 2009 I served as a consultant and conducted independent trainings, workshops, and presentations, for the Department of Children and Families, Brockton Area Multiservice Center, probate judge conferences, and various community agencies and specialized schools.

I have undertaken so many year-long, intensive trainings over the years that it is slightly embarrassing, and definitely boring to talk about. So I have spared you.

 

Professional Organizations

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • New England Chapter of the Center for Self Leadership (member organization for IFS therapists)
  • New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation (NESTTD
  • New England Society for Clinical Hypnosis (NESCH)
Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.
Brené Brown
If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence.
Thich Nhat Hanh