I am a licensed independent clinical social worker and therapist specializing in individual psychotherapy with equine and animal interaction
Clinical Social Worker in Tyngsboro, MA
The foundation of my approach is grounded in Narrative Therapy, a non-blaming, collaborative, and curiosity driven approach that centers you as the primary meaning maker of your experiences and expert of your own life. People are not defined by the problems in their lives, rather we work to make known your values, hopes, intentions, knowledges, and skills to respond to problems in preferred ways. I earned a Narrative Therapy Certificate in 2019.
I have met with many people experiencing depression and other mood related issues that impact energy levels, daily life and relationships. Engaging with the animals and outdoors can help create experiences that help one feel less "stuck", shifting the nervous system from a depressed state to a more present and responsive state, to help you respond to problems and stressors in more preferred ways.
Anxiety is part of being human and an important part of our survival, yet many people I meet with are living with high levels of anxiety that causes distress, impacts their daily experiences and relationships, and gets in the way of living, relating and handling situations in preferred ways. Many people I meet with who are dealing with problematic anxiety have also experienced trauma (anything that overwhelmed your ability to cope at the time).
Many people I meet with are experiencing distress, unhappiness, anxiety in response to a particular event or something that has happened to them in their life that might have been very stressful or overwhelming or unexpected. Life transitions, losses, changes in work, school, relationships are some examples. I support people with making meaning of these experiences and determining how they want to respond to these situations.
I earned a Certificate of Completion for Level 1 Embodied Equine Psychotherapy™ in 2021. This approach encourages growth and healing through an embodied, experiential, and relational approach with the equines as co-therapists. It is a foundation for my continued learning within equine facilitated psychotherapy.
Engaging with the animals and natural setting outdoors provides many opportunities to facilitate experiences that support perspective taking, relationship building, mindfulness, emotional and behavioral regulation, and improved body and environment awareness. I earned a Certificate of Completion for a course in the Foundations of Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART) in 2021 that provided knowledge and skills that support this work especially with children and adolescents.
I completed the Narrative Therapy Certificate Program in 2019 from the Narrative Therapy Initiative in Salem, MA and continue to engage in supervision and peer consultation to stay close to narrative ideas.