I am a Psychotherapist licensed to practice in the state of Pennsylvania, and my private practice is in Abington, PA. I have 20 years of experience in the field, and 12 years in private practice. My Master's degree was earned at Eastern University in 2004, and I am credentialed by the North American Association of Masters in Psychology (NAAMP). My professional memberships include the American Counseling Association (ACA), and Postpartum Support International (PSI).
My experience with both private and community clients has nurtured my interest in the area of reproductive health psychology- a specialty that acknowledges the complexity and trials of the developmental process of parenthood. I have extensive and specialized experience supporting women through their journey into parenthood, whether that be the hardship of infertility, the overwhelm of the postpartum period, or the profound grief following a loss. Also a regular part of my work, but not just specific to transitioning to parenthood are -- the challenges of relationships, dynamics of identity formation, family of origin, life transitions, mood / anxiety symptoms, and deeper questions about self.
I was the Clinical Director of Maternal Wellness Center from 2008 - 2010, and was a 2008-2009 Clinical Fellow with The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, with an area of advanced study in postpartum disorders, infant attachment, and infant-parent psychotherapy. I was an associate with the Center for Postpartum Depression in Philadelphia from 2011 - 2016. I also directed the on-site perinatal mood and anxiety services for Jefferson Health at Abington Memorial Hospital from 2012-2016.
I am a local provider for Postpartum Support International (PSI), and working toward PSI’s newly established ‘Certification in Perinatal Mental Health’. I am also an affiliate of PLIDA - Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance, and have received twenty-four hours of advanced training with the top researchers and practitioners in the area of perinatal loss, baby-loss, and grief / bereavement care. I serve on the Medical Advisory Committee of the Breastfeeding Resource Center in Abington, PA.
I reestablished the Maternal Wellness Center in Abington, PA in the Fall of 2018. The Maternal Wellness Center offers counseling and psychotherapy services, support groups, therapy groups, classes, healing circles, therapeutic massage, prenatal massage and yoga. Follow us on the web at www.maternalwellness.org for details and schedules.
My approach is warm and supportive, and is infused with Psychodynamic, Humanistic, and Strength-based theory and technique. Since 2003 I have sought supervision and therapy from trained analysts, and continue to be inspired and influenced by the psychoanalytic perspective which values; increasing consciousness and deepening understanding of childhood/early attachments - and the implications of those relationships in the present.
In 2012 I was invited by the Neonatology Department at Abington Hospital- Jefferson Health, to give a Grand Rounds lecture on the topic of Postpartum Depression in Nic-U families. In 2013 I was invited by Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Maternal, Child and Family Health Division, to lecture at a conference entitled "Treating Perinatal Depression: Models for Women at Risk." I facilitate a special support group at the Breastfeeding Resource Center focused on and named, "Not What I expected When I Was Expecting", this support group is free of charge and meets quarterly.
Clients tell me that after talking with me they feel heard -- they feel that their thoughts and feelings are valid and make sense given the situation. With the gained insight and confidence about what's happening in their lives, clients are able to make the best choices for them, and move into the future with increased relief and clarity.