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- Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, PhD, Clinical Psychology
- 20+ Years in practice
- License No. and State: 6472 Massachusetts
- Member, American Psych. Assoc./7461-5100
- Certificate: LifeForce Yoga Healing Inst./LifeForce Yoga Practitioner
- EMDR Level II Certified
Maturity, empathy and well developed listening skills are some of the assets which I offer. My primary method of working involves talk therapy. However, healing occurs in the mind, body and spirit, so I place a strong emphasis on helping my clients reconnect to their bodies and spiritual selves as well. I encourage other healing methods; acupuncture, yoga, homeopathy, CranioSacral Therapy and etc. in conjunction with my work.
I have a great deal of experience helping women during pregnancy and the postpartum period and resolving grief and loss from miscarriages. In addition, addressing issues of depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress in men or women is especially gratifying to me. I often begin by teaching techniques for stress reduction, or in the case of lethargic depression, ways to energize the body, which help people function better quickly. Most important to me is helping people find hidden strengths and restore inner balance.
My therapeutic style is more active than passive. I use a variety of tools and theories comfortably, from cognitive, behavioral and family systems therapy to relational and psychodynamic interventions. I am proficient in teaching yoga breathing techniques and the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which can result in the rapid reduction of symptoms. If you are interested in finding out about EMDR, you can consult EMDR.com for a full explanation of what it is and theories about how it works.
A bit more about my yoga background. . . I come to yoga relatively recently and from a non traditional perspective. While I use asanas in my own practice, I use very few with my clients. However, I have studied specific techniques for treating depression and anxiety with yoga breathing. My teacher, Amy Weintraub, has spent more than 20 years developing a method which she calls “LifeForce Yoga” specifically tailored to address these mental health issues. As part of my training with her, I have a certificate from the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute as a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Level One. You may wish to explore her web site, yogafordepression.com to get more information about this.
A little over a year ago I added a therapy dog to my practice. While I realize that a dog is not for everyone, for people who want her around, she adds a quiet presence to the hour. Many clients have commented on how calming, grounding and comforting she is for them. I might add that she doesn’t shed and is also as hypoallergenic as a dog can be!