I have a formidable passion for helping you live a joyful, loving and creative life. My goals are to support the transformation you need to make it so.
I can help you reduce your suffering and hone the internal gifts you have to accomplish the life you want. I can put more than 20 years of experience at your service to help you bloom and re-imagine yourself.
I am proud of my impressive record of facilitating change with adolescents, emerging adults and people of all ages.
My formal education includes a Master's degree in Social Work from New York University, a Master's in Fine Arts from Brandeis University, and a great number of workshops, certificates and seminars. I am registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and licensed as a clinical social worker in the US.
I completed my professional clinical training at Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital, helping young adults and adults suffering from concurrent mental health conditions, and helping folk with less serious concerns in other settings.
I find that my patients consider me a very relatable, warm, compassionate and non-judgmental therapist. My experience ranges from outpatient to community settings working with a wide range of conditions. These conditions include anxieties, depression and mood disorders, trauma and other concerns.
At Yale, I trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) with Dr. Seth Axelrod, PhD, and in harm-reduction recovery and relapse prevention with Rebecca Koenisgberg, LCSW, LADAC. I also trained in Psychodynamic group therapy with Dr. Cathy Markle, PhD, and in Expressive Therapies with Janet Brodie. My training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) was at NYU.
I regularly attend numerous trainings, workshops and courses to continually embrace the best-practices and stay abreast of the cutting edge research in psychotherapy and neuroscience.
I have been a student of mindfulness and dedicated to bring compassion into the world for more than 15 years, and pride himself of knowing how to teach you to experience mindfulness without you trying hard at all.
Earlier in my life, I enjoyed had a rich career in the Arts, which I continue to cultivate in multiple art forms, from performance to visual arts.
I served as a beloved professor of Cross-Disciplinary Creativity, Experimental Performance and Puppet Theater at the Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington. My academic programs were often designed as learning communities that offered laboratory-style inter-disciplinary opportunities for investigation and inquiry. My classes were known for their innovative quality as well as for fostering imagination and creativity.
My gift for divergent thinking and creativity, which was developed and honed in the arts, is very useful for connecting to your experience in therapy, and for working with you to develop interventions tailored just for you.
I worked as an award winning director and designer for live and hybrid performance and was the founding member of two theater companies, one in New York city and one in Olympia, WA. In Olympia, With Dan Luce, Quinn Bivins, and other members of my company Naked Puppets, We founded the Performance Laboratory for Objects and Puppets (PLOP!), an artist-run space to foster wild innovation and creativity.
Among my awards, I received a National Endowment for the Arts award (US) and a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council (Rockefeller Brother's Fund) to research mystical puppetry in Bali, Indonesia. The Henson Foundation gave me several awards for my imaginative puppet theater productions.
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