I have been practicing social work in a variety of settings for the past 34 years. I am a BSW, MSW, LCSW, BCD (Board Certified Diplomate indicating advanced experience post licensing) and most recently CHT (Certified Hypnotherapist). Prior to going into private practice 20 years ago, I was the Director of Family Counseling Centers in Woodbridge, VA. I also have experience working as a social worker in family service agencies, inpatient psychiatric hospitals with dual diagnosis patients, and EAPs (Employee Assistance Programs).
About 14 years ago I supplemented my psychosocial solution-focused approach with a spiritual approach. This is where the real power for transformation arises. I use energy techniques such as Reiki, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and Guided Imagery to help my clients make the changes they are seeking. These methods help the client stay actively engaged in the treatment process. I also teach Reiki workshops for those who want to get certified in Reiki I, II, III, or the Master Teacher level.
In the spring of 2012, I became a certified Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist (HCH) through the Wellness Institute. HCH is a very powerful hypnotherapy technique that assists the client in healing underlying issues associated with depression, PTSD, anxiety attacks, smoking cessation, or weight loss, just to name a few.
Please contact me if you would like more information or have questions about my treatment philosophy. I look forward to working with you!