I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Virginia. I received my Master's in Social Work degree from The Catholic University of America in 1991 and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Brandeis University in 1987.
I worked for Prince William County for 14 years with foster children, high risk adolescents, in the schools, with substance abusing populations and doing group and family therapy. I was employed with The Child and Family Counseling Group from 2005-2012 working with adults, adolescents, families and couples.
Outside of the office, I am active with my family and in the community. I find that my life experiences, both rewarding and challenging, help me to be compassionate and understanding when working with my clients whose life experiences often mirror my own.
Confidentiality is one of the basic tenets of therapy. As a therapist, I am bound by law to keep our relationship and the contents of our sessions confidential and private. This provides a wonderful sense of safety for my clients. It allows my clients to open up and share about their inner struggles and concerns knowing that this information will not leave the therapy space. Many times I have had someone say "I have never told anyone about this before". I ask why they have chosen to share with me and learn "because it is safe", "you can't tell anyone" or "it's easier to tell someone that isn't part of regular life". I am always so touched and honored to be part of that client's journey for I truly believe that sharing whatever "this" is launches them on their way towards healing.
The only time that I must, by law, break confidentiality is when someone's safety is in danger: if I learn that a client presents a danger to self or others or is being abused, I must notify another party to ensure the safety of all.