Hi, I am a licensed psychologist specializing in helping you navigate life transitions and heal from divorce, emotional and physical abuse, narcissistic relationships, trauma, depression, and anxiety. I am strongly committed to helping you connect with hope and feel empowered to make needed changes in your life. I founded the Ocean Waves Wellness Center to provide a safe, nurturing, soothing space to guide you in the process of healing and self-discovery!
I will teach you creative new coping tools while exploring underlying concerns, guiding you towards a greater understanding of yourself and your past, and focusing on moving forward with positive choices. Through my own divorce journey, I gained greater strength, confidence, peace, and happiness than I ever could have imagined. I am very passionate about helping others to also heal from divorce and narcissistic abuse and navigate their own personal journey forward. I will help you to learn to trust your own voice versus the narcissistic, critical, and/or abusive messages. We can work on co-parenting with a difficult or narcissistic ex, setting healthy boundaries, strengthening your independent identity, and building healthier relationships. While we can never change the past, we can make a choice to create a new path and build a brighter future.
I also believe that exercise is an important part of healing and overall wellness, building both physical and emotional strength. It doesn't have to be about how many minutes you walk on a treadmill, but about the thrill of moving and feeling strong. 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 last two years, I completed the Jersey Shore Half, the Philadelphia Marathon, the Brooklyn Half, and the NYC Marathon. We are planning relay teams for the upcoming 2019 Asbury Palooza and the Jersey Shore Marathon. Ocean Waves offers you a supportive community on your wellness journey!
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. 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.
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.