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If you’ve made it this far, you already are taking an important step in your healing journey. I want to commend you for taking actions to overcome the problems you’re experiencing. Please know that navigating this site is evidence of your commitment to yourself and your hopes for the future.
Making the decision to see a therapist can be anxiety-provoking, and not finding what you’re looking for is quite discouraging. But please, do not let this process keep you from your preferred story for your life. I can assure you that once you find the right therapist – someone who understands what you’re going through, who can collaborate with you and guide you on a journey away from the problems affecting you – you owe to yourself, and I can help.
"Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity" - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Narrative therapy is a non-judgmental, non-pathologizing, and collaborative approach to helping people separate from the problems affecting their experiences in life. I believe that narrative therapy can help people break free from confining self-narratives by connecting them with alternative stories of their lives and the intentions that support their preferred realities.
Narrative therapy is one of the greatest passions of my life. Narrative practice is something I chose, not something I was forced to learn or use in my work. Choice is part of why this form of therapy means so much to me. I am formally trained in narrative therapy and continue to be involved in learning and teaching narrative ideas and practices.
I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Sex Therapist, and trained in narrative therapy. I earned master’s degrees in Clinical Social Work and Human Sexuality from Widener University in Pennsylvania, and I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with concentrations in Health Studies and Sociology from Montclair State University in New Jersey. I currently work with persons affected by problems related to their sexual identities and experiences. My clinical specializations include compulsive sexual behavior, non-offending pedophilia, sociocultural shame and stigma. I also enjoy working with sexual minorities, especially LGBTQ+ youth and young adults.
I believe change is possible, and that change can happen when people become inspired by something in their lives. But being inspired is difficult when the problems we’re dealing with take center stage, stealing the spotlight from who we are or who we want to be. I believe intentionality is an important component of change, and that gaining clarity about one’s intentions can create movement and transformation. Narrative conversations can facilitate this process of change for you.
Sexuality is more than a physical experience; the landscape of sexuality also includes emotional, relational, biological, psychological, spiritual, and cultural experiences. I approach sexual difficulties holistically, and I place great value on the relationship between person and environment. The stories and lived experiences of people's lives can present opportunities for change or improvement. Therefore, examining the stories that have shaped people’s understanding of different aspects of sexuality and intimacy is an essential part of sex therapy.
As a sex therapist and narrative therapist, developing a collaborative therapeutic relationship enables me to assist my clients in re-authoring their sexual identities and experiences. A competent sex therapist must be able to address the unique nature of the various aspects of clients’ sexuality and the difficulties for which they seek assistance. In addition, a Narrative approach to sex therapy affords us the opportunity to unpack sexual shame and stigma directly and authentically.
I work with individuals wanting to break free from the problems that affect their life experiences. Individual therapy can be an effective process for creating more meaning in one's life.
I use a collaborative systemic approach in couples and family therapy. Together we identify the problems preventing couples and families from realizing preferred interactions and relational dynamics. Therapy involves recognizing problem-solving abilities to help reduce the negative effects of the problems.
I have been working with adolescents for most of my professional career. My goal is to help adolescents explore their identity and develop autonomy in ways that support healthy living.