~ Education & Experience ~
I earned my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now known as William James College) in June 2014, and have been practicing at the Pastoral Counseling Services of the South Shore (PCSSS) of the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy, Inc. since its inception in 2012.
I have watched The Institute grow significantly since 2012, from the perspective of helping a fledgling organization launch from the nest while still a pre-doctoral intern to having recently been promoted to Assistant Director of Education and Communication.
I also previously worked with many of my current colleagues through the Norma Kent Pastoral Counseling Center, which closed in 2012 after having provided the larger South Shore community with over 40 years of service.
In the service of helping The Institute grow, I opened a PCSSS satellite office in Plymouth, MA in July of 2017, and now see patients predominantly at this site and one day a week at our Hanover office.
Prior to opening the satellite site in Plymouth, alongside my work through The Institute, I provided clinical outreach to Nursing Home and Assisted Living facilities on the South Shore through Pinnacle Health Management Services, LLC.
My early training also provided me with a large scope of experience upon which to build a solid clinical foundation.
I worked in community mental health at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, providing clinical treatment within a culturally and socioeconomically diverse urban population. I also interned at a community-based acute treatment setting at the Italian Home for Children, where I provided individual and group inpatient treatment for children experiencing traumatic crises as well as family therapy and support transitioning children back home. I began my field training at Schiff Day Treatment Center, providing case management services and group psychotherapy for adults diagnosed with chronic major mental illness.
Prior to becoming a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, I was a Special Education Teacher for nearly a decade, having earned my M.Ed. at the University of Massachusetts—Boston in 2004. During that time, I taught a wide range of science and math classes, and also held various leadership positions. These experiences included working at therapeutic, alternative high schools, such as The Merrimack Education Center and The Gifford School, as well as running a city-wide, behavioral inclusion program at F.A. Day Middle School in Newton, MA.
After graduating from Brandeis University in 1996 with a B.A. in Biology, I worked as a Rehabilitation Technician at Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital in Worcester, MA, providing support to Physical and Occupational Therapists treating patients for a wide range of physical injuries, reconstructive surgeries, infectious and noninfectious diseases, as well as cardiac and neurological events.
I deeply value my 20+ year career in the helping professions, and am sincerely grateful I have been called to serve others.