Training, Education, & Experience

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Experience

I have 4 years experience as a mental health counselor at a large group practice and now in a solo practice, 14 years experience as an independent college and career counselor, and 5 years as a middle and high school teacher. I'm also a published mental health writer with recent articles featured on OC87 Recovery Diaries, The Mighty, and MindBodyGreen websites. I also am the creator and instructor of a holistic writing workshop designed for all ages and levels, Releasing The Writer Within.    

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, English, May 1997. Clark University, Worcester, MA. 
  • Master of Education, School Counseling, December 2003. Providence College, Providence, RI.
  • Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, January 2011. Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA. 
  • Certificate of Graduate Studies in Mental Health Counseling, May 2017, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI.  

Professional Development trainings: 

  

  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Tapping: Evidence-Based, Mind-Body Treatment Approach to the Anxiety Spectrum Disorders and Pain  November 2018
  • Neuroscience for Clinicians: Brain Change for Stress, Anxiety, Trauma, Moods and Substance Abuse  July 2018
  • Stress, Brain Health, and Mysteries March 2017 
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Adolescents March 2016
  • Understanding and Enhancing Social-Emotional Abilities in Children with ASD September, 2016 
  • Future Thinker: An Introduction to Executive Function Skills May 2015 
  • Being a Trauma-Informed Practitioner:From Buzzword to Better Practice, February 2015  

Professional Organizations

  • Rhode Island Mental Health Counselors Association
  • American Mental Health Counselors Association
  • American Counselors  Association
  • Association of Rhode Island Authors

Contintuing Education

Aside from the requirements that LMHCs have for professional development, I am committed to my own personal growth and mental well-being and continue to read books and articles on self improvement and psychology. Currently, I recently completed a Mindfulness Course and am interested in pursuing more training in this area to benefit both myself and my clients.