Background

I began my career as a Teacher, receiving my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education in 1993 from the Pennsylvania State University.

I left the teaching profession in 1998 to pursue a career in the Mental Health field. I completed my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2000 from Temple University, specializing in the area of Domestic Violence.

I was very active in Domestic Violence Medical Advocacy from 2000 to 2002, serving as Chairperson of both the Medical College of Pennsylvania (MCP) Hospital and the Philadelphia Hospital Domestic Violence Task Forces. The latter was a city-wide effort, comprising its members from hospitals and agencies across Philadelphia. In this capacity, I had the opportunity to train doctors, nurses, and social workers on Domestic Violence Screening techniques & procedures in a health care setting.

Since 2002, I have acquired experience working with both adults and adolescents with eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, anxiety and PTSD, as well as relationship difficulties and life transistions.

From 2010-2013, I worked at the Pennsylvania State University Counseling Center, treating undergraduate and graduate college students presenting with a variety of issues. At the University, I was a Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Specialist and founded the Penn State HEALS (Healthy Eating And Living Support) Treatment Team.

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