Uncovering and allowing the emergence of one’s authentic self is my fundamental goal in working with clients. My 37-year career as a psychotherapist is grounded in my training as a Dance/Movement Therapist. This means my expertise is in understanding the somatic nature of who we are as individuals and the role our body/mind plays in our mental health and in promoting emotional healing.
Growing up requires us to respond to life’s challenges at each different developmental stage. When these challenges overwhelm us, we hide and protect our authentic self deep within our body. We then must respond and present as the self that is needed to withstand and weather the storm confronting us. These resulting adaptations and behavior patterns become habitual ways of coping that often block our expression of emotions, hinder deeper intimacy, and make it difficult to engage in satisfying fulfilling relationships.
Through both verbal and nonverbal strategies, I explore with each client how these developmental issues, whether grounded in trauma, anxiety, depression, or being stuck in unsatisfying relationships, keep them from living the life they want to live. I feel it is a privilege to support each client to integrate their body, mind and heart allowing them to more easily be in the world as their most authentic self.
I received my Master’s Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Goucher College in Towson, MD in 1983. I am a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT) and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). My career has spanned working in a variety of hospital and clinical settings as well as in private practice with experience working with adults throughout the life span in individual, group and couples therapy.