I have been working and training in the field of psychology since 1998, including the completion of a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The University of Vermont. As a general practitioner, I work with adult women and men, adolescents, and couples with a wide range of issues, including relationship struggles and issues in sexual functioning, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual and physical abuse, identity development, and adjustment to life transitions. My therapy approach is eclectic, varying depending on the needs and interpersonal style of the client. I draw heavily on a humanistic, developmental, cognitive behavioral, feminist and psycho-dynamic perspectives, and my goal with all clients is to be genuinely present and actively engaged in the therapeutic relationship. This working relationship becomes not only an agent of change in and of itself, but also a platform on which to build skills, develop personal awareness, and make cognitive and behavioral changes.
In addition to my general practice, I also provide sex therapy for individuals and couples who are seeking to improve their sexual relationships and/or be more in touch with the sexual and sensual parts of themselves. This work provides a unique opportunity to consider how our physical, psychological, and emotional wellness interact and intersect. There are a myriad of issues that can create a sense of disconnection from our sexual selves and limit the satisfaction and intimacy we are experiencing in our sexual relationships. Examples of such barriers include pelvic pain, incontinence, sexual trauma, relational imbalance, feelings of low self-worth, poor body image, major life changes including pregnancy and child birth, depression and anxiety, and the everyday challenge of juggling the many moving pieces of our daily lives. I work together with medical practitioners and physical therapists to create optimal treatment planning and coordination of your care.
In addition to my clinical practice I provide clinical supervision for other psychotherapists. I have also taught various courses for the Psychology Department at The University of Vermont, and I offer psychoeducational trainings for educators, school personnel, counselors, and parents through the local schools. When I am not working, I enjoy the company of my husband and my two young daughters, and I try to make the most of the outdoor play Vermont provides.