I tremendously enjoy my work. I think that people who sit with me can feel this delight- in them, and in the conversations and relationships that constitute therapy. It is my passion to learn new things all the time, to keep growing professionally and personally; Every ten years or so I renew my professional excitement by learning a new modality of treatment, but since finding AEDP I know I’ve found my clinical “home” and community.
The natural world has always been my greatest teacher and has taught me the benefit of patience and silence, which in turn inform my capacity to sit with my clients. Growing trust in the essential connectedness of all life brings me into my office with courage and joy. I've often been asked what's happening inside my room to cause such waves of laughter to be heard from my waiting area!
I am informed by Feminism, poetry and music, Yoga and mindfulness practice, 20+ years of Shamanic journeying, several years of experience as an elementary and Head Start classroom teacher in my twenties, 43 years of parenting, and about thirty years of practice in a variety of modalities as a psychotherapist.
My clientele has included people of all ages, individually and with their family members. I have experience with, and sensitivity to, issues of class, gender, race, sexual orientation, sexual identity, and culture. I'm comfortable with women and men and people in transition.
AEDP: In 2010 I began my training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, and am now a member of the AEDP Institute faculty. AEDP is rooted in the belief that secure attachment, initially to a parent figure, is the source of health; a therapist who responds honestly and authentically with loving kindness activates neural pathways necessary for emotional repair, even for those of us who were not fortunate enough to start life with adults who were capable of fostering secure attachment with us. Please see RESOURCES for more information on AEDP.
My central focus nowadays is on supervision and teaching. I see a few clients who are participating in an ongoing research project through the AEDP Institute, and are seen for a 16 session course of treatment.
-Supervision: I offer individual and group Supervision in AEDP. Please see the Supervision page.
-I also offer group training in AEDP to my local therapist community in the Finger Lakes region of NY. Please see the page on AEDP Training. -in my role as AEDP faculty I teach the Essential Skills courses, and offer seminars.
"The only cure for your suffering is to lean into the source of your pain" Celtic Book of the Dead