“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength”
'Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí'
(Praise the young and they will flourish)
A Licensed Professional Here to Guide You
Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to get into a career path that would make a difference in people’s lives. This interest led me to study psychology at Villanova University. I have a masters degree in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University, NYC (1995) and a masters degree in social work from Hunter College, NYC (2000). In addition, to completing an additional 200 hours of play therapy education with supervision to become a Registered Play Therapist with the Association for Play Therapy. I have worked with children and families for over 10 years. I have experience working with substance abuse, aggression, depression, anxiety, trauma, autism, developmental delays, infant mental health ADHD, divorce, grief, behavioral issues and more. I have also been a substitute teacher in OCPS the last 4 years and am a mom to 3, a high schooler, middle schooler and elementary school age. These experiences have also informed on how to approach the unique school, stressors and developmental issues of these various ages.
All About Therapy
Learn About My Methods
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I work with all ages to deal with the difficult challenges life can bring. I believe we all strive to be the best version of ourselves. With the increased pressures of daily life, it can be beneficial to have some outside support and guidance to learn new ways to cope. I come from a strengths and solution focused perspective. I believe It is important to build on one’s strengths and find a practical and easy solution to address problem behaviors. In addition, I utilize a client centered approach to focus on your overall well being. The goal is to increase your adaptive coping skills to improve behaviors and performance at home and school/work. These goals can be addressed with different modalities such as talk therapy, walk and talk therapy in nature and play/sand/art therapy. My goal is to make it a collaborative and creative process to bring about healing. For children and adolescents, the approach of play is less intimidating than talk and speaks to their language. Of course, these approaches can also be beneficial to adults as well. I study the brain and how it impacts our behavior and development and I use this neurobiological lens to inform treatment. I am constantly researching new methods and bringing you the most effective approach.
Services I Offer
Your well-being is my ultimate concern. Since 2000, I have provided patients a wide range of psychological and counseling services to suit their needs. Whether you’re an individual, a couple or a family looking for help - my therapy sessions are designed to strengthen your confidence, and assist you in the healing process. Take a look at the services I offer, and get in touch with me today.
If you’re looking for a Therapist that cares, then you’ve come to the right place. I guide my patients every step of the way and implement various methods to help them develop new attitudes towards all of life’s most complex matters. Schedule an appointment today and see what I can do for you.
Here For You
Feeling stressed and frustrated with your child? Not sure how to help them or understand their behavior. It might be time to seek help from a licensed professional. I work collaboratively with you to understand your child and develop a healthier relationship. Contact me today and let me help you find the best in yourself.
Support and Acceptance
Adolescence is an exciting time of life, but also one filled with changes and stressors. I help teens navigate these difficult times with support, understanding and exploration of their goals. This is done in a playful way through talk, art, music and sand tray.
A Happier, Healthier Family
Is there too much to do, stress, conflict, and not enough enjoyable family moments. In my therapy sessions, we’ll work to solve current problems and improve positive thinking and behavior. We'll work to strengthen family relationships in a fun and playful manner !
Child Play Therapy Session
Developmental appropriate Therapy
If you’re looking for quality Child Play Therapy Session sessions with a certified Play Therapist that cares, then you’ve come to the right place. Play therapy is a method of meeting and responding to the mental health needs of children and is extensively acknowledged by experts as an effective and suitable intervention in dealing with children’s brain development. It is generally employed with children aged 3 years through 11 and provides a way for them to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, self-healing process.
HEAL FROM YOUR TRAUMA
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)uses bi-lateral stimulation such as: alternating hand tapping, eye movements, pulsers, or auditory pulsing when recalling a past traumatic event to integrate both hemispheres of the brain to reprocess past traumatic memories. EMDR is a psychotherapy approach that has been helping clients struggling with traumas, addictions, personality disorders, and other mental health issues for three decades.
I love helping my patients develop the tools they need to cope with all of life’s challenges. Contact me today to learn more and book a session.
7480 Narcoossee Rd. STE 100B
Orlando, FL 32822