Choosing a provider is difficult to do, especially through the Internet! Here is a list of areas I can help you with in your counseling sessions. If you don’t see what you are looking for, I want to understand what you need. Schedule a free consultation to “interview” me. I want to help you find the right provider.
Depression – As experienced in adults, children, women after childbirth (postpartum); patients post-surgery
ADHD (Children and Adults) – Time Management; Task Completion; Focusing
Communication Skills to improve work, family and home life
Relationship Issues/Conflict Resolution – Perhaps you find yourself in an unhealthy relationship that is unsatisfying or potentially destructive or you feel stuck or trapped.
Parenting Issues – let’s face it, they didn’t come with a handbook!
Parenting Support through Separation or Divorce
Autistic Spectrum Disorder - High functioning children and adults
Life Transitions and Adjustment, such as moving from middle school to high school, college, divorce, switching jobs, or retirement – Change often brings with it a sense of fear and distress. It can also bring opportunities for growth. This shift towards the unknown can be stressful. I provide support to navigate the transition together.
Grief and Loss – Perhaps you can’t seem to move on. Grief is natural, but it can be complicated.
School and Social Anxiety/Generalized Anxiety Disorder/Panic Attacks
I integrate complementary methodologies and strategies to offer a highly personalized style attuned to each client.
Addictions –I have partnered with Dr. Gary Scardino to offer Thrive Recovery and Wellness, a truly holistic, non-medication alternative to drug, alcohol, and food addictions. Dr. Scardino provides torque release technique, auriculotherapy (non-needle ear acupuncture), R.O.M. Exercise, Nutritional Response Testing in combination with my experience as a talk and creative arts therapist to help alleviate mood instability and other issues associated with triggers, cravings and harm reduction. You can certainly see more details about our program by visiting our page.
Young Children and Play Therapy– Not all therapists work with young children and I am one of the few in the area to offer play therapy and the benefits of creative arts therapies. Play is a natural and highly effective way to explore complex issues in which verbal skills are not necessarily a major focus of the work. Play therapy can reduce behavioral issues or fighting between siblings. It is also helpful for those who have experienced medical trauma, abuse, and bullying, for example.
Creative Arts and Dance/Movement Therapy – For those seeking more in depth work, utilizing art, movement and other creative channels can help to explore difficult emotions and provide insight. Dance/movement therapy is based on the notion that the mind and the body are interconnected. For example, when you see a depressed person, they don’t need to tell you they feel depressed, you see it in the body – their thoughts and their emotional pain are felt in the body. As a dance/movement therapist, I focus on movement behavior and nonverbal communication as it emerges in the therapeutic relationship. I may ask my clients to notice where their body is holding tension as they are talking about a difficult subject, for example, and I may provide a movement-based intervention that may help a client feel less stuck. In this way, I offer a knowledge base to my clients which is uniquely different than traditional verbal therapists, since I am trained to focus on what a client is saying to me not just through their words, but also through the body. Most verbal therapists are not specifically trained to pay attention or intervene using movement, but research shows that as much as 75% of communication is nonverbal. I allow for more self-awareness and in-depth work.
Dance/movement therapy is great for everyone, but it’s especially helpful for:
Children, since it’s a creative modality in which less talking is ok. Kids haven’t been talking as long as adults have and creativity is problem-solving - movement is a natural way for kids to explore issues. A good referral for me would be a child who has engaged in verbal therapy in the past but it hasn’t yielded change, a shy, timid child, or a child diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Those diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder - Dance/movement therapists’ unique facility for understanding, reflecting, and expanding nonverbal expressions can help those with autism to improve socialization and communication, build body awareness, and can directly affect motor deficits. DMT can serve both as a bridge for contact and provide a vehicle for communication with individuals with autism. A good referral for me would be a child, teen or adult with high-functioning ASD.
Children, teens and adults who have experienced trauma – an emergency medical procedure, abuse, neglect, bullying, loss, just to name a few – are a good fit for DMT. Trauma leaves its imprint on both mind and body and research demonstrates that effective treatment requires involvement of both. Because DMT uses movement as the primary means of assessment and communication, the body is not merely addressed in therapy but actually given a voice. Memories that may be too difficult to express verbally can be shared through movement and dissociated feelings, previously unknown, can be identified as they arise in the body. Survivors can eventually regain a sense of control over confusing thoughts and feelings as they navigate their own bodily felt experience. Relaxation and stress reduction techniques can also be incorporated to help survivors modulate emotional reactions, decrease muscular tension, lessen symptoms of hyperarousal and better adjust to daily routines.
Anxiety and Stress Management: Everyone experiences it. But you don’t have to let it overpower you. You can learn to manage your response to stress. By gaining more control over your body’s automatic reactions to anxiety-provoking situations, you can reduce the negative effects of stress in your life. Accumulated stress and tension can spoil much of the pleasure and productivity you find in life and can lead to chronic health issues.
Trauma – Many therapists say they work with trauma, but I am the only therapist in private practice in Lower Bucks County to be certified in Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. For more information, please go to the following link: www.goodtherapy.org/trauma-focused-cognitive-behavioral-therapy.html
For clinicians: Since 1996, I offer clinical supervision for those working towards their LPC status and for those dance/movement therapists working towards obtaining their BC-DMT credential. Because of my past affiliation on the Credentials Committee, many DMTS seek me out to review their application essays, so even if you’ve received supervision elsewhere, please feel free to contact me before you submit your application. Please visit the testimonial page of this website.