I am a Licensed Clinical Counselor and Registered Nurse with a Doctorate in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling and a BSN in nursing. I have been certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors since 1992 and have 30 years of experience in providing behavioral health care in both hospital settings and as well as in the community. Most recently, I worked as the Counseling Center Director at Ross University School of Medicine in the Caribbean and spent 20 years at Penn State University’s Altoona campus as the Health & Wellness Director overseeing health services, counseling and psychological services, health promotion and disability services. I am a fellow with the American College Health Association, and I have been a site surveyor for the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare since 2009. My recent publications and presentations at national meetings have focused on suicide prevention strategies, quality improvement, and medical home and integrated patient-centered models of care.
I specialize in working with those who struggle with attention disorders, stress disorders, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, adjustment issues, relationship conflict, substance use disorders and family of origin issues. My approach is tailored to the needs of my clients with a focus on problem resolution and helping clients establish and reach their goals. I believe everyone has the capacity within to rise above adversity and heal. We all have dark times in our lives and it is the compassion and support from others that fosters our ability to overcome. I believe that a therapist’s main role is to guide and facilitate that process. I welcome the opportunity to work with all individuals to provide a welcoming and enriching environment that is conducive to the intellectual, emotional, and social development of our diverse community.