I have been a psychotherapist for over 32 years, after enjoying a 16 year career as a chef in restaurants and as owner of my own catering company. Born in NYC in 1949 to a father who taught English as a second language for doctors escaping Europe in WW11, and a mother who had achieved her medical degree in Bologna, Italy before coming to America, I was impressed with their dedication to helping people move from one place in their lives to the next, so that the road ahead was made easier. I too wanted to bring that effort, and the hope implicit therein, to people. Oftentimes folks remark that my two careers are so different and I point out that both are fully nurturing and both render feeling close far more palatable, in a word.
Upon receiving my Masters in Psychology from Goddard University, I was invited for two years to create and facilitate workshops for budding psychotherapists as part of Goddard’s Independent Study MA Psychology Program. I then began a nine year position with AHRC and other related agencies as a consultant for Developmental Disabilities, providing socialization groups for adults with dual diagnoses, as well as individual therapy. I began my private practice in 1988 and have addressed a full range of issues working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. The challenges of anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, PTSD, sexual identity, trauma, substance abuse, eating disorders, and grieving, are issues that belong to humanity and I have addressed those issues with an honoring of the individual’s unique perspective, history, and courage to give one’s self permission to feel better.