I am a licensed therapist, with over 15 years experience, specializing in individual and couples psychotherapy in my private practice.
I obtained my M.S.W. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992. As a graduate-school intern in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic, I acquired advanced training using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the treatment of a spectrum of mood and personality disorders. During that time, I received The 1992 Outstanding Internship Recognition Award from W.P.I.C. Later, I was employed there as a therapist in the Eating Disorders Clinic. Additionally, I participated, as a therapist treating clients with bulimia nervosa, in the Bulimia Nervosa Cognitive Therapy pilot research project. I also provided individual support therapy to anorexic participants in a Prozac double-blind research project.
While in private practice, I completed a two-year training course in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute. Before setting up my own practice, I worked for several years as a therapist in a large group practice comprising therapists with advanced training in both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy.
During an interval between the completion of college and the beginning of graduate school, I received a grant from the state of Pennsylvania to undergo training in grief counseling with the goal of developing a grief-counseling system in Lycoming County. Subsequently, I completed a program in Washington, D.C., which included training from the faculties of Georgetown, George Washington, and American Universities in numerous aspects of illness, loss, and grief. I, then, established a county-wide grief support network, which consisted of a formal organizational structure, trainers, and counselors. Under my guidance, it grew into a three-county system, which eventually provided an internship program for students at the request of Bucknell University.
On a separate, but related, note, I attended the writing program at the New School for Social Research while living in New York City a number of years ago. Although separate, this is, indeed, related because, to me, writing and therapy have this goal in common: to explore and, perchance, to understand, the human heart.