I am a licensed clinical social worker in Kittery, ME where I provide counseling for adults, older teens, and families. I understand that reaching out and taking the steps to find a therapist can be difficult and intimidating. It is also an important decision that exhibits strength and courage. It is my goal to make this process as stress-free, simple, and supportive as possible. Feel free to review my website to learn more about me and don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to schedule a meeting or have any questions.
My areas of focus include working with clients and their families experiencing:
- Boy's/Men's Issues
- Eating & Exercise Disorders
- Carers of Individuals with Mental Illness
- Trauma & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
It is my goal to make this process as stress-free, simple, and supportive as possible. I believe that building a therapeutic relationship with compassion, empathy, and respect is the most important aspect of therapy and helping clients improve their lives. I use a strengths-based and client-centered approach to therapy and work to create a safe and supportive place that fosters resilience and vulnerability for each client.
I work from a collaborative and integrative therapeutic framework of different knowledge bases and techniques, including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, and art and expressive therapies, among many others. Due to my background in art, I have a particular interest in using a variety of art media, including photography, drawing, poetry, and writing to connect with my clients and explore their difficulties. However, I am careful not to subscribe to one approach and I work closely with each client to create specific goals that fulfill their individual needs.
In addition to my private practice, I am an adjunct professor and Ph.D. student at Simmons College. I completed my undergraduate degree in fine arts (BFA) at The School of Visual Arts and my masters degree in social work (MSW) at Wheelock College. I have worked with clients in a variety of levels of care, including day treatment and home-based services with Riverside Community Care, the emergency room at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, residential at Monte Nido & Affiliates, and outpatient with Jeff's Place and the Mutli-Service Eating Disorder Association (MEDA).
I have a strong passion for group work and was previously a board member of the International Association of Social Workers with Groups (IASWG), Massachusetts Chapter. I have presented at international and national conferences, a variety of local universities, as well as had articles published in academic journals. I also created Finding Focus, which is a therapeutic photography curriculum that helps individuals find a voice and show their perspective and experience of the world through their own photographs. Finally, my art has been shown in international, national, and online exhibitions.
In my free time I enjoy cycling open roads, hiking up mountains, camping in the woods, writing, photography, and making all types of art.
9 Walker Street
Kittery, ME 03909
If you would like to see if working with me would be a good fit, I am happy to meet for a free 30-minute consultation. During this consultation, you will have the opportunity to ask me additional questions and assess if you think we will be a good therapeutic match.
I can schedule an appointment with you via telephone or email, whichever makes you more comfortable and is easiest. I currently have a variety of hours available throughout the week, including evening and weekend hours.
Blue Cross Blue Shield
United Behavioral Health
Note: There is free 2-hour parking on Walker Street.
Supervision & Consultation
I offer supervision to new clinicians working towards licensure. I also offer consultation to seasoned clinicians on topics related to eating disorders, male eating disorders, men's issues, and eating disorder caregivers. Please contact me if you are interested in discussing these services.
Speaking & Trainings
I am avid speaker in the community of eating disorders, social work, social work education, and research. I have spoken locally, nationally, and internationally. I provide trainings and workshops on topics including eating disorders, individual and group therapy, and starting a private practice.