The field of psychology spoke to me from the time I was very young. I am fascinated by the human experience, I love science, and I find it immensely rewarding to help others. My psychotherapy practice fills me with hope as I see resiliency and strength in all of the people I have the privilege to work with. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a major in psychology from The State University of NY at Albany, and went on to receive my Ph.D. in psychology from Rutgers University. I have been licensed to practice in New Jersey since 1995. Throughout my career, in addition to clinical work, I have taught, conducted research, innovated novel treatment methods, published in peer-reviewed journals, and been interviewed for local and national publications on a variety of topics.
When my daughter was 3 months old, we learned she had life-threatening food allergies. This led me to develop a specialty in addressing the complex psychological and behavioral issues food-allergic folks sometimes face. I have been providing education and advocacy about psychosocial issues in food allergy since 2009.
I believe that mind and body heal together. My approach to psychotherapy includes attention to thoughts, emotions, images, and the experiences of the body. I believe that a full life accepts the presence of pain while also inviting joy, laughter, and connection.
When I am not in the office, you can find me hanging out with friends and family, practicing yoga, trying new things like tightrope walking and clowning, and taking however long a walk my dog wants to take. I also try to make room to binge-watch sci-fi and read fantasy novels.