My Philosophy

Healing is not a solo endeavor.  A trusting therapeutic relationship provides a safe space to face and be freed from painful or shameful parts of your life.  This vulnerability takes courage and involves addressing psychological wounds, unveiling entrenched patterns, and living in alignment with core values.  Getting at the root cause is the goal, rather than mere symptom relief.  Dislodging barriers allows a balanced purposeful life to emerge.

The healing journey is not limited to focusing on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  Trauma is stored in the body, which expresses what the mind suppresses.  Living in a state of neurological hyperarousal or fear inhibits our innate ability to rebalance.  Breathwork, movement, creative expression, meditation, or mindfulness can serve as grounding techniques that release tension and soothe the nervous system.


Therapeutic Approach

I personalize treatment using a variety of models aimed at resolving underlying issues for lasting change.  My natural style is humanistic, approaching each client with acceptance, compassion, and curiosity.  I incorporate elements of attachment (psychodynamic) theories, in addition to newer versions of cognitive behavioral therapies.  These include acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Existential therapies and contemplative practices are incorporated for those working on spiritual growth.

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  • BA, Psychology, SUNY Buffalo
  • MS, Applied Psychology, University of Baltimore
  • PhD & MEd, Counseling Psychology, University of Louisville
  • License # 023952-01

My Background

I am passionate about the dynamic field of psychology, have published research on the  mind-body connection  and plant medicine, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses.  My clinical experience spans various outpatient and inpatient settings, to include a community mental health center, college counseling center, and hospital psychiatry department.  I am humbled by people’s courage in facing their struggles and honored to witness their healing.  I decided to open my own practice to break away from a highly medicalized mental health system.

I enjoy learning about different cultures and am fortunate to have family spread across the globe.  I spent my early childhood in the U.K. and after living in a few U.S. cities, returned “home” to Rochester.

When I’m not immersed in my practice or the health literature, I savor time with my husband of 20+ years, teenage children, and family dog.  We enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, tennis, and snowboarding excursions.  I make time for reflection and nature daily, whether through mindfulness, meditation, yoga, walking, or connecting with the natural world.

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”
Pema Chödrön