About My Clients
I specialize in women's & nurses' mental health, but my practice is inclusive for all. I do “talk therapy," (without prescribing medications), I help adults, as well as children, adolescents and their families with issues & behaviors that are keeping them from having the best life they want for themselves. Many of my clients are in the midst of life transitions. We work together on relationships, stress, coping, anxiety, and depression. I’ve also had training in perinatal mood/anxiety disorders.
My Background and Approach
I'm eclectic, using a variety of evidence based approaches. After graduation with my MSN in child/adol. psych nursing at UPenn in 1983, I knew it would only be a matter of time until I would establish my solo therapy practice. It took a little longer than expected, as I became a new mom a few months later! Right away, I gained a new (and personal) understanding of women's mental health issues. I knew that it was not easy to balance the roles and responsibilities that came with being a mom, a partner, a daughter, and a professional. The pressure was intense! Thank goodness, I was always able to keep my eyes on the "light at the end of the tunnel!" I knew that what I desired, as an experienced psych nurse, was to help other women. I also wanted to work with my fellow stressed and burned-out colleagues. I empathized with their struggles. I could care for them the best way I knew how, from a holistic perspective, by talking, caring, and sharing - without offering pills as a "quick fix."
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I was born in Philadelphia, Pa. I'm a graduate of two top nursing schools - Univ. of Miami (BSN '78) and Univ. of Pennsylvania (MSN '83). I'm a dual US/CDN citizen. I lived and worked as an RN in Canada for 22 years before returning to the US. I'm a warm, compassionate, advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), with more than 40 years experience in psychiatry and mental health. I've worked in many roles in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and home care. I've also taught nursing at universities. Trauma informed, I treat every client in the exact same way I would want a member of my own family treated, affirming, without judgment, offering respect, kindness and understanding. I love traveling, anywhere. My home is a sailboat. I taught English to kids in Japan for 14 months. This expanded & enriched my worldview. It increased my understanding of cultural & women's issues. My Facebook support group is, "Are You a Nurse Who Needs A Nurse Who Needs A Nurse?"