MEDICAL SERVICES

EDUCATION

Graduate School
  • Simmons College , Boston , MA

I began my career with psychodynamic training and subsequently added cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy skills to my strong belief in the power of relationships to promote healing. I have always valued family and group work. I have great appreciation for client-centered strategies like narrative therapy and creative work using play and art. I enjoy working cross-culturally and believe in teaching skills to my clients and families.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

I came to social work following a brief career as a journalist and political activist, 27 years ago. I brought with me a strong commitment to emotional healing and social justice. I have worked across the continuum of care - with addiction and HIV in the 1990s, community mental health with adults and families in Codman Square and Somerville, residential treatment for children 7-13 in Field's Corner, Dorchester, a therapeutic middle school in Weston and a public middle school in Westwood. Most recently, I have worked providing outpatient treatment in Brighton. In August 2017, I joined Martha Eliot’s Mental Health Team in Jamaica Plain as a child and adolescent, individual, group and family therapist. I enjoy learning new things. Currently, I am building my skills in cross-cultural practice, learning (Parent Child Interaction Therapy) PCIT, as well as improving my work with those impacted by trauma. I enjoy work with adolescents, children learning coping and anxiety management skills, parent training, group work and opportunities to play with children.


Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Boston University, Social School, Continuing Education, December 2016

Certificate in Behavioral Health Integration, Center for Integration, U-Mass Medical School, Worcester, May 2016

Graduate course work in Cross Cultural Issues, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developing Partnerships with Families of Secondary Students, 2013, Neurologically Impaired Students, and Managing Issues of Abuse and Neglect in Schools, 2014.

International Adoption Certificate Program, Cambridge Center for Children and Families, September, April 2010

Child and Adolescent Development Certificate, Boston University School of Social Work, Continuing Education, 2008.

Narrative Therapy Certificate, Family Institute of Cambridge, Watertown, MA 2007

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Certificate, Behavioral Health LLC, June 1999

Couples and Family Therapy Certificate Program, Cambridge Health Allance, Cambridge, MA 1991-1993