I studied Psychology at the University of Notre Dame graduating with a Bachelors of Art. I continued my studies at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Upon completion, I received my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (1999). Soon after graduation, I I worked in a variety of settings, counseling severely distressed and traumatized teens who lived in group homes and/or foster care. I also worked with the families of some of these teens who were willing to remain a part of their child's life. As a result, I have developed a strong passion for helping at-risk youth. After 6 years of work and supervision I became licensed in the state of California, USA. I have been licensed since 2005 and kept my license active whilst living overseas (Hong Kong and Switzerland) from 2010-2015. I have been working with couples, families, and individuals steadily since 1999. Over the course of the last 14 years, I also have worked in the field of Domestic Violence, which has become a field of expertise for me. Lastly, Chemical Dependency and Recovery are significant fields of passion for me.
I have been a member of the professional organization CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy) since 2003. Through this organization I stay educated about current mental health practices and research.
During part of my Masters training, there was a heavy focus on cultural diversity. In 2010, I was afforded the opportunity to put much of this training to good use whilst living and working in Hong Kong. I worked with families and couples from a wide range of cultural and religious backgrounds. In treatment, it is imperative to talk with families through the voice of their culture. Culture is one's reality and truth and to overlook this, is neglectful treatment.
In 2012, I moved with my family from Hong Kong to Zug, Switzerland for our second overseas expat assignment. In total, our family spent five extraordinary years living abroad. In Switzerland, I established my own thriving private practice which I still carry to present day. The first hand experience of knowing what it is like to live outside one's home country is a unique competency I bring to my work.