My career in New York City was rewarding beyond measure, yet as a mother I wanted a different lifestyle for my children. The wide open spaces of Colorado lured myself, my husband and two children away from the city lights. While happy with the move we made in 2011, I have missed my work.
I love working with people and witnessing change in their lives. It is an honor to have someone trust me enough to talk about their innermost feelings and struggles. I am committed to the power of “talk therapy” because I have seen it work for so many people, with many types of issues. As such, I am now developing my psychologist practice in Fort Collins.
On a personal note, I was raised in Iowa, and obtained my bachelors degree with a major in psychology from the University of Iowa. I then worked at the University of Pennsylvania in order to gain experience before beginning graduate studies in New York City. I held many professional positions throughout graduate school at the New School for Social Research, including research assistant for Dr. Herbert Schlesinger and Structured Clinical Interviewer for the Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University under Dr. Abby Fyer.
My one-year externship and my two-year internship at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Medical College began my specialization in trauma and stress utilizing a CBT learning model perspective. As an Assistant Professor at Cornell Medical College I trained, and supervised staff on several NIMH funded, cutting edge interventions including Exposure therapy for Acute Stress Disorder and PTSD. I also served as an Attending Physician on a regional Burn Unit at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital for over a decade, where I participated in case conferences, evaluation and assessment of patients, as well as supervising graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
People from all walks of life with many stories walked through my office in the fifteen years I practiced in New York City. I worked intensely with people devastated by the attacks on the World Trade Center for several years after 9-11. In 2005 after the South Pacific Tsunami, I went to Sri Lanka in order to train local counselors in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy to treat trauma.
My work on the Burn Center has made me an expert in acute medical crisis, work-place accidents, first responders who witnessed death,and destruction, acute and traumatic grief and chronic illness. A common denominator in this work was helping the patients find contentment in their situation as it was in that moment.
An exciting element of my practice is I have developed my expertise to include somatic based therapies, such as EMDR, Hakomi, and utilizing yogic breathwork and asana practices. For my clients, this means an expansion of tools for them to utilize in self care, and an abundance of methods for processing information (e.g. processing through multiple channels). In my experience, this has proven to deepen and clarify my clients experience in therapy.
As I mentioned, our move here was motivated by our values to have an abundance of nature, outdoor exercise and a reasonable pace of life. My personal and professional goals have coalesced to find me happily building my private practice in historic Old Town. I look forward to working with you on your goals.