Philosophy of Care

When I first became involved in working with adolescents, I was struck by how much trauma they lived with and how few coping skills they had to help them. I was moved by their need to connect to others but their great fear in doing so. I quickly became motivated to try to help young people who were full of promise try to fulfill their hopes and dreams and be able to make a valuable contribution to the world they live in.


I have worked with adolescent and adults in a variety of settings for over 40 years. I began while in college by volunteering to work with youth in the juvenile justice system and then worked in adolescent residential care, inpatient work and outpatient mental health care. I have been in Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital for 16 years directing a mental health team that provides therapy, consultation and social services to our adolescent and young adult population.