Hi, I am a licensed psychologist specializing in helping individuals cope with life transitions and heal from divorce, emotional abuse, narcissistic relationships, trauma, depression, and anxiety. I am strongly committed to helping others find their own voice, feel empowered to make changes in their lives, and find their purpose and passion. I founded the Ocean Waves Wellness Center to provide clients with a safe, nurturing, soothing space to guide them in the process of healing and self-discovery!
I completed my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Nutrition Science, at the Brooklyn College Scholars Program and earned my Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University at Buffalo. I completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of Delaware Center for Counseling and Student Development. Originally from New York City, I relocated to the Jersey Shore after many long, cold winters in Buffalo.
Prior to private practice, I served as the Director of the Day Treatment Program and as an outpatient therapist at the Renfrew Center of New Jersey. I also worked as a staff psychologist at the University at Buffalo Counseling Center and with women recovering from eating disorders as a part of the BeginWithin Center in Red Bank, NJ.
I specialize in helping clients to heal and build strength by encouraging the use of creative new coping tools while exploring underlying concerns. I help my clients to gain an understanding of themselves and their past, while focusing on moving forward with positive choices that lead to greater happiness, peace, and fulfillment. In 2012, my own divorce journey began and through this process, I gained greater strength, confidence, peace, and happiness than I ever could have imagined. I am very passionate about helping others get "unstuck" and learning to navigate their own personal journey forward. While we can never change what may have happened in the past, we can make a choice to create a new path and build a brighter future.
I truly believe that exercise is such an important part of healing and overall wellness. Exercise can be about finding fun ways to move your body and feel strong. It doesn't have to be about how many minutes you walk on a treadmill, but about the thrill of moving and feeling athletic. Run races with children, jump rope, dance, find a sport that you love, or simply try to remember what you enjoyed doing as a child (when there was no pressure to exercise, only the joy of playing). For me, building physical strength helped me to feel stronger and more confident in other areas of my life. I recently discovered the thrill of running and the peacefulness of a beautiful run along the Jersey Shore. In the past 2 years, I completed my first half marathon and my first full marathon (in Philly in November 2015). The 2017 NYC Marathon is my next challenge!
True change requires more than talking about it. Many of the clients I have worked with desire change, but have struggled to put new ideas and behaviors into action. Whether it's fear of change, a feeling of failure, shame, lack of support, or another obstacle, some have needed more to help them reach their goals. I like to think outside the box and have created new programs to meet these needs in an innovative new way. I will be your therapist, mentor, and coach, and will guide you to realize your own power, passion and purpose