I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently practicing in Vermont. For over fifteen years I have served as program coordinator, supervisor, clinical therapist, clinical forensic specialist, crisis counselor, advocate, consultant, lecturer, and researcher in a variety of settings in the social work field. I balance multiple professional roles, integrating body-mind-spirit social work modalities with psychodynamic, strengths-based, and empowerment perspectives. I attended Miami University (Ohio) for my undergraduate studies, where I received a BA in psychology with a minor in criminology. I attended Columbia University School of Social Work (CSSW) for my graduate education and earned a MS in social work.
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Clinical Social Work
I maintain a clinical social work practice and provide psychotherapy, integrative services, and consultation to individuals, families, communities, and professionals. In addition to providing therapeutic support for general life challenges, I specialize in working with trauma, violence, victimization, life-threatening illness, grief, loss, and bereavement. Find more information about my clinical practice in Burlington, Vermont on Psychology Today.
I offer clinical supervision to social work professionals who are interested in enhancing clinical skills and self-care practices. Most social work agencies offer on-site supervision to staff but social workers often share that this supervision is not sufficient in meeting one’s professional and personal needs as workloads and demands can be overwhelming. I offer outside supervision to professionals who desire additional clinical support and who are interested in developing sustainable self-care practices.
Social Work and Yoga
I offer clients the opportunity to integrate yoga practices into social work treatment. Current research supports the integration of yoga practices in social work treatment. Yoga postures, meditation and breathwork are tangible tools that clients learn to practice in the therapeutic space and apply to daily life in an effort to manage stress, anxiety, and trauma effects. I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training at The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. I have also completed noteworthy continuing education programs with leaders in the field including Yoga and the Traumatized Body at The Trauma Center at JRI and Frontiers of Trauma Treatment at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. I have collaborated with University of Connecticut's Graduate School for Social Work to explore and advocate for Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work as an emerging framework in clinical practice, academia and research.
Yoga practices can be beneficial to professionals’ self-care routines, as well. Trauma exposure, vicarious trauma and burn-out are real and serious concerns for helping professionals. I integrate yoga into supervision in an effort to address such concerns and create sustainability in the work world. I have connected with organizations such as Columbia University School of Social Work, Manhattan Court for Innovation and African Services Committee, facilitating self-care workshops in an effort to bring peace, calm, and focus to the professional mind and body.
Teaching and Consulting
As adjunct faculty at Columbia University School of Social Work, I currently teach the following courses on CSSW’s Online Campus: Advanced Clinical Practice in Health, Mental Health and Disabilities, Human Behavior Social Environment (HBSE) Intensive in Trauma, and Spirituality in Social Work Practice. I have taught graduate courses residentially including Advanced Clinical Practice in Health, Mental Health and Disabilities, Clinical Practice with Sexual Violence, and Domestic Violence and Social Work Practice. I have guest lectured at a variety of higher-education institutions and organizations including The National Association for Social Workers (NASW), University of Connecticut’s School of Social Work, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP). I have presented on topics such as Integrative Social Work, trauma, violence, victimization, life-threatening illness, grief, bereavement, and the use of yoga and meditation in social work practice.