I love my work and am committed to helping clients recognize and nurture their innate ability to heal and to grow so that they can live a happier, healthier and more balanced life.
I am continually learning, practicing and deepening my own understanding of health and happiness, both for my own benefit and for that of my clients. My personal and professional experience is that only when we recognize the habitual, often unconscious patterns that impede our growth and happiness can we begin to cultivate healtier ways of being. We are naturally wired to heal and to grow; the challenge is first to see clearly what is impeding our health and happiness, and then to practice wiser ways of thinking and behaving--this is how we literally rewire our brain, our body and our relationship to ourself, to others and to the world. With insight, practice and support we can all learn to live a more integrated, healthy and happy life.
Cultivating mindfulness--a curious, open, accepting and kind awareness of whatever arises--serves as the bedrock for how I approach the therapeutic work I do with clients. Originally trained by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD and Saki Santorelli, PhD., in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, I am a member of the Insight Meditation Society and of the Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, where I occasionally teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. I continue to study the latest research on mind/body medicine, mental health, exercise and nutrition, and use what I learn to care for myself and for others. For over a decade I have deepened my understanding by teaching mindfulness to students and faculty in school settings, and to groups and individuals in my private practice. In addition, I have presented about mindfulness at national (National Coalition of Girls in Education, 2012) and regional (Connecticut Association Of Independent Schools, 2012, 2007) conferences.
My Background and Training
Licensed to practice social work in Florida (LCSW # 11113), I have a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut (1998), a master's degree in English (Middlebury College 1987), and a doctoral degree (University of Massachusetts 1992) in English and American literature.
I have practiced and studied Insight (Vipassana) meditation at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts for 14 years, and attend a month long silent retreat every year. In addition, I study the latest research on the science, art and practice of mind/body medicine and am particularly interested in the work of Dr. Daniel Siegel (UCLA), and Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD (UMASS Medical Center).
I have worked extensively with children, families and faculty in school settings, in private practice and in community mental health, and have been the Director of Counseling at The Berkshire School (2000-2002), at Miss Porter's School (2002-2012) and also worked at The Hotchkiss School (1990-1996), both as a teacher, and as a Dean. I currently maintain a private practice in Osprey, Florida.
I have a great deal of experience working with individuals of all ages, and with families and couples. I take a solution-focused, strength-based approach and have extensive training and experience in mindfulness-based and cognitive behavioral strategies for helping people improve the quality of their lives. I am also trained in EMDR therapy.
Of course, experience and credentials matter, but they do not necessarily make a good counselor. As you search for someone with whom to work, I encourage you to listen to your intuition and choose a person who you trust and with whom you can form a close connection. Research reveals that a strong connection to your counselor is more important than credentials, coursework, and licensures.