Personal Statement

A unifying aspect of my life revolves around the fact that I always maintained the clarity of knowing that my life calling was to help others. I chose the path of becoming a licensed clinical social worker, then trained as a Relational psychoanalytic therapist and group psychotherapist. This enabled me the capacity to engage intensively with a diverse group of people throughout the decades.

Having a penchant for teaching, I also developed curriculum on treatment of trauma disorders, supervised other psychotherapists, and led workshops on a myriad of subjects, as well as published psychotherapy journal articles related to my specialty work with women having histories of childhood sexual traumas. I highly value the bonds I’ve established within my profession as well as the absolute privilege of helping people cope, grow, and navigate changes in their lives throughout various historical periods, including the COVID pandemic. 

In 2020, I created WordPaint® Coaching & Mentoring as another component of my practice, in order to help those who wish to be less solitary in their often solo work spaces and expand their reservoir of coping skills and solutions around creativity as well as life. This impetus also emerged from ongoing dialogues with some of my clients–creators from all genres–as well as my own experience as a poet, familiar with the larger community of writers and artists.

I approach coaching in a way that tends to be practical as well as one where we can “think out of the box.” I offer a direct and accessible approach for mapping out other ways of viewing the nuances of decision-making in congruence with goals, resources, and time-lines. I also use when helpful, techniques that may enhance self-knowledge including somatic awareness, breathing, imagery, and journaling, linking together an integrated range of theory and practice in order to facilitate the highest level of functioning and performance possible for each client.

As a sole proprietor, educator, life and creativity coach, and published writer as well as somene who believes in continuing education to stay current with state-of-the-art trends in wholistic health, I maintain a committed track around collaborating with my clientele on their personal, work-related, and aspirational yearnings. My wish is to funnel this range of experience into coaching and mentoring those who wish to deepen their understanding of themselves and those around them, as well as expand their reservoir of tools for navigating the day-to-day and inevitable challenges associated with stage of life transitions, loss, and the human condition of loneliness. 

I look forward to collaborating with you in the way most geared for where you are now, and where you’d like to be in going forward!

Credentials, Education & Affiliations

New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Board Certified Diplomate

Clinical Social Work

Master of Social Work

New York University

B.A. in Psychology

Hofstra University

Certificate

Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Certificate

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Certificate

Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions

Certificate

Group Therapy

Certificate

Spiritually-Informed Psychotherapies

Additional Training

Polyvagal Theory and Practice

Additional Training

Internalized Family System; Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Board of Trustees

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association

Creative Coaching Association

Amherst Writers and Artists Certified Workshop Leader

National Association of Poetry Therapy

Academy of American Poets