Psychotherapist & Meditation/ Mindfulness Coach
Nutrition & Wellness
My primary goal as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor/ Psychotherapist is to assist individuals to manage the challenges of life. I work with my clients to bring mindfulness to ones day to day experiences; Relating with others (loved ones as well as strangers), and general mindfulness of thoughts & emotions. Practicing mindfulness is a useful tool to begin changing unhelpful patterns and habits.
I completed my Masters in Mental Health Counseling from University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.
In addition to my work as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I have also worked for over 20 years as a Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian working with individuals in different settings including Outpatient Diabetes Health Centers, Outpatient Mental Health Clinics, and Drug Alcohol Treatment. Along with working with individuals suffering form general life challenges, I specialize in helping individuals manage the emotional challenges one often faces living with chronic health issues
Prior to working as a Mental Health Counselor, I received my Masters in Nutrition through Bastyr University, an Alternative Medicine University in Seattle, WA, where I trained in Alternative/ Holistic Nutrition. I can work with individuals who may have food allergies and or food sensitivities. Many of our health issues can be related to our diet. If you experience physical health symptoms such as fatigue, sluggishness, brain fog, irritable bowel, chronic congestion, poor sleep or any of the other numerous physical complaints that you cant seem to resolve through the one might find freedom from one's depression and or anxiety symptoms as we work in an integrative model.
I completed my Masters in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA.
YOGA & MINDFULNESS
On my journey for connection with myself I fell in love with yoga and in 2014 took the plunge to become a Registered Yoga Teacher, which adds to my ability to work with individuals in a holistic manner. The modalities I work with are unique to each individual, as I believe that each person holds strengths that need to be unlocked and built upon. In line with my passion for working in a holistic way with individuals, I teach meditation.
PROFESSIONAL TRAININGS RELATED TO MEDITATION/ MINDFULNESS & YOGA
2020: I completed training in Devon, UK with the https://www.mindfulnesstraininginstitute.com/ to become a Certified Meditation Teacher, under the auspices of Mark Coleman & Martin Aylward.
2018: I completed teacher training for Mindful Self-Compassion; https://centerformsc.org/, through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness.
2017: I completed the Institute for Mindfulness & Psychotherapy's; https://meditationandpsychotherapy.org/ Certificate program.
2016: I studied with the Nalanda Institute's; https://nalandainstitute.org/, Contemplative Psychotherapy Program; integrating Mindfulness & Compassion through a Buddhist lens.
2015: Prema Yoga, Brooklyn, NY: 200 Hr Teacher Training
PET THERAPY (Rooney)
Rooney is my therapy dog. He assists me with some clients (you will be informed if he will be present and will always have the option not to have him present). While we are working online, please know that he is always present in the background, supporting me to support you! He is a 3 year old hypoallergenic Aussie-doodle (Australian Shepherd/ Poodle mix). He is a certified therapy dog through Pet Partners and is an AKC K9 Good Citizen. As you can see he is interested in what you have to say! He is a compassionate and empathetic spirit and always tries to make your experience in therapy (which is hard work) a little lighter...