Therapeutic Style: My approach is to collaboratively identify areas of personal growth, while providing a safe space for students to be themselves. I strive to create an inclusive and culturally aware environment where students feel heard, supported and empowered. My work is integrative and unique to each individual. I draw mostly from mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, interpersonal theories to assist students in reaching their goals.
Professional Interests: The majority of my professional work has focused on trauma, relationship abuse, and sexual violence. Prior to joining the Counseling Center Staff, I worked for six years in a community mental health program treating trauma associated with sexual violence. In this capacity, I worked with children, teens, adults, and families from a multitude of racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. In addition to trauma treatment, my clinical interests are identity development, family systems, anxiety, body image concerns, and disordered eating. I also have experience and continued interest in working with marginalized/underserved populations. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I have also completed the Safer People Safer Spaces training offered by the Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center.
Education Background: I received my undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Marist College. I earned my master’s degree in Social Work from Syracuse University in 2008. My clinical training was at Vera House, a local agency that supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence. As a trainee, I also worked in a Youth Probation Department diversion program aimed at addressing mental health concerns for at risk youth.