- Master of Social Work from Marywood University with a concentration in Behavioral Health
- B.A. in Human Relations from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
- Awarded the Albert Geffen Medal for Outstanding Performance in Practicum & Field Education
- Bloomsburg University Women's Resource Center Advocate & Counselor
- Lecturer to Bloomsburg University Social Work Students on Aging and Gerontological issues
- Social Work Field Instructor to Bloomsburg University students
- Social Work Field Instructor to Marywood University students
Board member for Misericordia University Social Work Department
Board member for NASW NEPA
Member of the National Association of Social Workers
Member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association
Member of the Back Mountain Chamber
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I attended the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Relations which focused on Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology. I furthered my education and earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from Marywood University with a specialization in Behavioral Health. I was awarded the Albert Geffen medal for Outstanding Performance in Practicum Education and the field of Social Work while attending Marywood University.
Over the course of my twenty-three years of working in the field I have gained extensive knowledge as a therapist in working with adolescents, adults and the elderly who have a variety of mental health needs. This experience was obtained in various settings ranging from Group Homes, Partial Hospitalization Programs and Outpatient Clinics to Skilled Nursing Homes and Private Practice.
What I love about being a LCSW is that it is a very holistic approach to mental health therapy. That means that I am interested in engaging and developing the "whole" person. It's the concept that the human being is multi-dimensional (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) and as such we have conscious and unconscious aspects both rational and irrational. It is a very effective approach to therapy for assisting with overall personal growth.
I also appreciate that as a Social Work based practitioner, it aligns with utilizing a strengths based approach because it enables me to empower individuals to recognize their own potential to live a more meaningful life. This requires me to work with the client to assess their personal situation (economic, societal, home, career and relationships) in order to create an inventory of strengths and weaknesses to build upon. It also forces me to adhere to high standards regarding ethics and confidentiality and encourages me to use a research based approach to treatment.
On a more personal note, I am an avid outdoors person as well as into fitness, nutrition and supplements. When I am not in the office you can most likely find me hiking, biking, running, kyacking, camping, traveling or working on my fitness. I love nature and enjoying all of its splendor, in fact it's what I love most about living in NEPA! I also have a passion for travel and have been blessed to have been able to see some beautiful places. As you browse through my site I hope that you will enjoy some of those places that I have shared with you.