In private practice, my emphasis is on teaching both coping and communication strategies that will benefit a client throughout their lifespan - because I believe good therapy should empower the client with the skills, support, and confidence they need to transform their own lives. And because I know that mental health care is not a one-size-fits-all process, I offer a highly personalized and creative approach to meeting the unique needs of each individual.
I draw from a variety of evidence-based modalities, including aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), psychodynamic therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Logotherapy. In addition to incorporating non-violent communication skills (NVC), mindfulness-based techniques, Buddhist or other wisdom/philosophical teachings, motivational interviewing, and peer support* into the therapeutic process, I also integrate the strength-based LiveWell Program into my work with private clients: an integrated psychoeducational behavioral health model that I created, and that has helped thousands of people around the world empower themselves to take control of their own ongoing mental health self-care.
In fact, under the mentorship of Dr. Aaron T. Beck (the father of CBT), I have led and trained others to lead LiveWell support groups for adults, teens, seniors, and physicians living with depression and co-occurring issues of anxiety and substance use; and I created and led a LiveWell Therapy Group at the University of Pennsylvania's Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic.
I currently practice therapy as a post-graduate/under direct supervision of Karyn Feit, LCSW, Director or Positive Change for Teens & Families.
I earned a Masters degree from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College, where I benefited from the program's trauma-informed curriculum and emphasis on diversity and inclusion. As a graduate student, I completed internships as a therapist at the University of Pennsylvania's Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic and on the dual-diagnosis inpatient unit (serious mental health disorders and substance use) at Friends Hospital.
* I am also trained as a Certified Peer Specialist - which means, put simply, I also share wisdom gained through my own lived experience of depression, recovery, and living well with my clients.
Finally, I received a Masters degree in critical theory and performance studies from New York University.
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You can also find me at:
The LiveWell Foundation, where I currently serve as the nonprofit's Executive Director.
My playwright page.