Upper St. Clair office
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that has been given us”
– J.R.R Tolkein, Lord of the Rings
I believe in the ability we each have to change aspects of our lives, even the messy parts that we may not think can ever change. There are many things uncontrollable parts of life, but I believe focusing on the small steps we can take towards what we can control leads us to being able to live fuller and happier lives. I believe that there is always hope for life to become a bit brighter for each of us! And that tends… to come through recognizing that the greatest change we can make is not changing the people around us (which is a pretty impossible task!), but changing ourselves from within.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have worked in the mental health field for the past 9 years. I earned my BA in English and Theology (2005) from Assumption College (Worcester, MA), and my MA in Counseling (2009) from Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville, OH). I have had experience providing individual, family, and couples counseling to kids, adolescents and adults. I have worked as an in-home mental health counselor through the Family Focused Solution Based program (FFSB), a school based counselor at local middle school and high schools, as well as providing counseling in the more traditional office / outpatient setting.
Some of the counseling techniques I utilize include Solution-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I have helped clients to address different areas of concern including anxiety / stress management, depression, family dynamics / conflict, parenting support, trauma / PTSD, and post-abortive support. I am of a Christian background and am open to exploring Christian spirituality or faith topics that can help provide a spiritual dimension of healing, should that be important to you to include as part of treatment. I believe in meeting you where you are at, to work collaboratively to help you move forward, and to support you in identifying and removing any road blocks that may be in the way. I see one of my roles is to encourage you along this journey, because this journey of life can be really hard! But there is that saying that the 1,000 mile journey begins with just one step. So let’s start walking!