One of the most important components of the therapeutic relationship is the development of trust. A client needs to feel heard and understood and a therapist needs to validate their feelings and be non-judgmental. This fosters a space where a client can share what is on their mind and heart without fear of repercussions and provides the opportunity to process and work through what brought them to therapy.
I believe in being kind and seeing the goodness in others, in having compassion and empathy. Our humanity connects us through common experiences - we all have to navigate our teen years, leave home, perhaps get married and have children, take care of our aging parents, deal with grief and loss. My treatment philosophy focuses on identifying a client’s strengths, their support systems and resources, their interests and abilities. These strengths provide the foundation upon which strategies and skills can be built to improve a person’s sense of self and confidence to deal with whatever is going on in their life.
In the initial stages of therapy, a client will develop treatment goals on what they would like to change in their lives. The client will also envision what that will look like once it is achieved. Over time, we will reflect back together on those goals and talk about progress or shifts in feelings and perspectives and whether or not they feel they have met their goal.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Caregiver stress & support
Caring for a friend or family member (paid or unpaid) includes emotional support, housework, help with finances, medication management, and shopping. Can be stressful, making caregivers more vulnerable to things like anxiety, isolation, and fatigue.
Coping skills are tools and techniques one can learn, practice, and use to handle difficult emotions, decrease stress, and establish or maintain a sense of internal order.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Adoption & foster care
Adoption and foster care considerations include education on the process, integrating the new family, establishing household rules and boundaries, processing past trauma on behalf of the child, emotional health, and other adjustment procedures.
Artists' mental health
There’s been a long history of debating the connection between creativity and mental illness. Research shows mixed results but ultimately, anyone can experience mental health issues in relation to professional burnout or work-related stress.
Children that experience parents and/or guardians that are avoidant, ambivalent, or resistant from an early age, may develop attachment issues. This can manifest as difficulty forming or maintaining friendships, romantic relationships and empathetic bonds throughout life, as well as other issues.
All Savers Insurance
Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
Oxford Health Plans
United Medical Resources
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Expressive Arts Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
MA, LMHC, 9263
Master of Arts in Expressive Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
I have worked in Community Mental Health with children, adolescents and adults. During my time there, I became interested in infant mental health and shifted my focus to preventative interventions. I transitioned into Early Intervention to work with the birth to 3 population, which involves strengthening the parent/child relationship through strategies designed to support attachment, attunement, communication, parenting and overall development. I also counseled parents going through a variety of challenges - from anxiety, depression, stress, postpartum depression, marital stress, health concerns, divorce, grief and loss.
Remote Therapist, W. Yarmouth, 02673, MA