In 2004, following graduation from a Masters in Social Work program at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, I immediately began trainings in Imago Relationship Therapy and Sex Therapy. My post graduate sex therapy training was completed at UMDNJ with the late Dr. Sandra Leiblum. At the time my goal was to work with individuals and couples around relationship and sexuality issues.
Shortly after completing these trainings, I began working for a group private practice called the Institute for Personal Growth (www.ipgcounseling.com) in New Jersey, which specialized in couples therapy, LGBT issues and sex therapy. During this time, I also accepted a one year Post Graduate Fellowship at Princeton University Counseling and Psychological Services where I saw college and graduate students experiencing a wide range of presenting concerns including depression, anxiety (OCD, panic disorder, generalized anxiety), sexual trauma, adjustment issues and relationship problems. During my fellowship at Princeton I also supervised and helped train the peer advocates in the Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE) program.
After practicing for a few years, I added EMDR (emdr.com) to my clinical toolbox. I was amazed by the transformations I saw in clients when I used EMDR with them. It soon became my favorite therapy modality. I found that EMDR was an extremely powerful tool for helping people overcome core negative beliefs that had plagued them for years as well as for helping people overcome the debilitating symptoms of PTSD.
For the past 8 years since leaving my group practice, I have maintained my own private practice with a focus on helping couples and individuals work through relationship difficulties, separation/divorce, sexual dysfuntion and heal from various traumatic experiences. I have also continued to see college/university students, a population I have always enjoyed working with. After having my own children I became very interested in perinatal mental health and specifically helping women and their partners cope with and move on from traumatic/difficult pregnancy/birth and postpartum experiences.
As part of my committment to continuing education, I recently completed a training in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) which I have found to be a great addition to my work with individuals and couples struggling with relationship difficulties.
My Education and Training
BA in Psychology and Sociology University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 2000
MSW-University of Michigan Ann Arbor 2004 Focus: Interpersonal Practice
Clinical Internship-University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services 2003-2004
Certified Imago Relationship Therapist-Trained by Imago Master Trainer Maya Kollman 2004
Post-Graduate Training In Sex Therapy-Rutgers University 2004
Post-Graduate Fellowship-Princeton University Counseling and Psychological Services 2004-2005
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist since 2007 (www.aasect.org)
EMDR Level 2 Trained Clinician-2005
Gottman Relationship Therapy Training 2008
Emotion Focused Therapy for Individuals 2016
More Information on my Treatment Modalities
EMDR Information: www.emdr.com
Imago Relationship Therapy Information: www.imagorelationships.org
Sex Therapy Information: www.aasect.org