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Introduction

 

Like many callings, my work as a therapist has been shaped not only by formal study but also by life experiences.

Through my years of formal education and clinical experience, together with deep study of eastern practices and interpersonal neurobiology, I have come to believe that our natural state is one of health and happiness.

My work with interpersonal neurobiology has helped me understand how the mind, brain and relationships affect each other and our well-being. I am both excited and inspired by this new science and incorporate it into my work with clients.

I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University. I am also a graduate of the following programs:

The Psychosynthesis Program for Spiritual Psychology

The University of Pennsylvania Teacher’s Training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Management

The Mindsight Institute’s Interpersonal Neurobiology, Level 1

I also attend conferences regularly that focus on topics that assist me in my work with my clients.

I have studied and practiced mindfulness meditation for the past 16 years and currently facilitate workshops throughout the Chester County area.

In my psychotherapy practice, clients often come to see me when they experience what Thirteenth Century Persian poet Rumi refers to as “new arrivals.”

They may be deep sorrows, regrets, unfulfilled dreams, or, at times, an ocean of feelings. When a client and I sit together with these uninvited “arrivals” and bring our full attention to them, without judgment, they teach us whatever is needed for growth so that they can then move on, leaving the client free to live life with more clarity and happiness.

I have chosen the following poem by Rumi to share with you because I believe it speaks to my work with clients.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

—Jelaluddin Rumi (trans. Coleman Barks)

This poem beautifully summarizes the journeys many of my clients bravely embark upon. Although life is a difficult path indeed, it is my deep belief that growth and happiness are always possible.

My hope is that I can be a guide to you as you journey through life with all its unexpected arrivals.

With hope and deep respect for each journey,

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