I am a licensed clinical social worker with 25+ years of experience in the field of clinical social work and mental health. I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in New York in 1995, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish in 1990 from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Prior to obtaining my social work license I worked as a M.S.W. for the Community Health Center in Middletown, CT where I worked with parents at risk of losing custody of their children due to allegations of abuse/neglect. I obtained my social work license in March of 2000.
For 17 years I worked at Connecticut Valley Hospital as a clinician, and in later years as a program director. During my time there I had the honor and privilege of working with amazing men and women who had endured severe histories of trauma that subsequently contributed to the onset of their substance dependence and co-occurring disorders. While working in this setting I played a key role in implementing M.E.T (Motivational Enhancement Therapy), Stages of Change, Seeking Safety, Healing Trauma, as well as other gender-responsive, trauma-informed treatment modalities/practices into the program and its curriculum. Retiring from state service I decided to move away from administrative roles and refocus on my clinical practice.
Throughout my career I have provided care for, and thoroughly enjoyed working with an array of clients from varied backgrounds, cultures, ages, and developmental stages. On a personal note, I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and I do welcome the opportunities to provide supportive treatment to fellow LGBTQ+ people, and I provide open and affirming care to all regardless of orientation. In my years in the field of mental health I have witnessed many people healing, growing, and enjoying life more. At this time I am offering online telemedicine health sessions. I’m here to support you on your path to feeling better, and thriving, from the comfort of your home.
This practice was built around a mission to have personalized patient care at the core. It sometimes feels that the world around us is growing more impersonal and we are losing a sense of community with large companies and clinics focusing more on the bottom line than on the people they are meant to help or serve. In this practice, we return the emphasis to you… to your health and development in pursuit of your goals.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist which means that I have my Doctorate in Psychology representing 6 years of doctoral level education and training including an American Psychological Association (APA) approved Internship and Post-Doctoral training years. I received my Doctoral Degree in Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School in New Hampshire in 2005, and I completed my internship and post-doctoral training at the University of Massachusetts Mental Health Services. I also hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University. I opened this practice, Psychological Health & Development Associates in 2010.
In developing my own career, I have alternately sought out experiences to broaden my perspective, and to deepen my understanding of human psyche and presses of environmental factors on our growth and development. I have assessed and counseled children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics in a variety of settings including but not limited to primary and higher education, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, general medical practice, and private practice. I have worked with a wide array of people including those experiencing relatively mild adjustment problems associated with life transitions to people with severe, chronic mental illness.
In addition to clinical work, I am also an experienced organizational consultant and business executive. As an organizational consultant, I assess businesses and organizations to resolve weaknesses in their systems and leverage their strengths, advise on recruiting decisions, and provide executive coaching. I have also served as a Vice President of Behavioral Health Services for a major health care provider in Connecticut managing all behavioral health programs.
Panic & Phobias
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Life Transitions & Adjustment Issues
Marital and Family Problems
Interpersonal/ Relationship Problems
Abuse and Trauma
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
Grief and Loss Issues
Coping with Chronic Medical Illness
Psychological Health & Development Associates, LLC
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with 28+ years of experience in delivering therapy to those with mental health issues and/or challenging life adjustments. My goal is to provide a safe, comfortable therapeutic relationship within which you can develop coping strategies needed to manage struggles and/or overcome obstacles to reaching your goals.
I received my Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology in 1995 and my Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Connecticut in 1990. Prior to that, I studied Psychology as an undergraduate and received my Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Connecticut in 1987.
For the majority of my career, I worked as a Forensic Psychologist in inpatient hospitals and provided individual and group psychotherapy to enhance the quality of life of those with mental health issues. For the past two years, I have worked in private practice conducting outpatient therapy with adolescents and adults. I have also enjoyed supervising psychology graduate students and guiding them to begin their career as a psychologist.
Originally, I was trained as a Cognitive-Behavioral therapist to help those with mood disorders. Over the years, my interests have evolved to include therapeutic orientations that incorporate Positive Psychology and Motivational Interviewing, and interventions that enhance the mind-body connection such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Health and Wellness coaching, and Hypnotherapy. I utilize hypnotherapy for smoking cessation, weight loss, changing unwanted habits, overcoming phobias, enhancing performance in career, school, and sports, and to achieve an overall more positive self-image.
I believe anyone can tap into and develop inner strengths to achieve more fulfillment in life. Therapy can be one means to do just that.
Generalized Anxiety and Panic
Welcome! I am a licensed clinical psychologist, with 35+ years of experience. Gradually, I have honed my interests and studies in the area of individual therapies. I have worked in a wide array of settings including an inpatient psychiatric hospital with both adolescents and adults, residential treatment centers for children, outpatient clinics with clients of all age, skilled nursing facilities with geriatric populations, as well as private practice. I primarily work with adults, and I have a special interest in midlife and women’s issues. I have 10+ years of experience supervising psychology graduate students and newly graduated psychologists as well.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1981 from the University of Central Florida, (called Florida Tech at that time) and my Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1988 from the University of Denver. I completed my APA approved internship training at Connecticut Valley Hospital, and obtained my license to practice in 1990. In addition to traditional training, I have also completed a 3 year Leadership Training Program with world renowned Jungian Analyst, Marion Woodman. Her book, Addiction to Perfection, is widely revered as a pivotal work in understanding the Feminine and addictions in analytic psychology. In addition to traditional methods, I also provide Jungian informed psychotherapy, dream work, and BodySoul groups and workshops. I belong to the CT Association for Jungian Psychology, and I am currently serving on the International Board of the Marion Woodman Foundation.
I have also authored, edited and produced the journal, Psyche’s Journey Opening to the Mystery. I am currently in the process of reworking the original print version into an online magazine. In the coming year, I plan to offer study groups, dream groups, films, and workshops related to my interest in the work of Carl Jung, Marion Woodman and Robert Bly. Please see my personal website for more information about Psyche’s Journey.
Separate from my psychotherapy practice, I am also a Certified Health Coach. I am interested in helping people create optimal well being in mind/body and finances. I equip my coaching clients with a proven system that allows them to easily reach their weight loss goals. Their are multiple advantages to having a one-to-one health coach that has been in your very same shoes! I provide tips, support, encouragement and accountability - all done online from the comfort of your home!