Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT - NY State)
Registered Drama Therapist (RDT)
Are the stresses of daily life weighing you down?
Are you struggling to leave your personal issues outside the door at your workplace?
Are you looking to connect to the world in a more grounded & balanced way?
Through dialogue, metaphor, roles, & action techniques, we will embark on a journey to improve your mental health and well being.
You will find a supportive, therapeutic environment with no wrong answers, only exploration, creative expression, and discovery of new insights.
I am a licensed creative arts therapist. I cultivate creativity and spontaneity for adults who are seeking change, balance, direction, and life-satisfaction.
My current therapy patients and life coaching clients are adults struggling with anxiety and/or depression, with additional coexisting issues of relationships, life transitions, body image, or past trauma.
I began my professional life as a performing artist; now I am a private and therapeutic artist, continuing to work with the mediums of theatre, film/video, writing, art, music, and movement. I bring my identity as a female feminist, mother, and activist to my psychotherapy and counseling work.
I have a Masters of Arts in Drama Therapy from NYU, and a certificate in dance/movement therapy from The New School, where I also integrated studies of drama, music, and art therapies. I have extended post-graduate training in psychodrama methods.
I have worked in diverse areas such as personal growth, addictions, homelessness, serious and persistent mental illness, cerebral palsy, and geriatrics. I have facilitated several support groups, as well as co-facilitating community-building groups through sacred theatre. I have personal experience as the parent of a neurodivergent child.
"Drama Therapy is an active, experiential approach to facilitating change..."
"...participants are invited to rehearse desired behaviors, practice being in relationship, expand and find flexibility between life roles, and perform the change they wish to be and see in the world."
~ North American Drama Therapy Association
"Drama therapy is the intentional use of theatre techniques to facilitate personal growth and promote health, thus treating individuals with a range of mental health, cognitive and developmental disorders."
~ New York University
"Psychodrama is the use of action techniques to explore an individual's private and public world in a multi-dimensional way."
~ Psychodrama Training Associates
I will guide and help you discover yourself on your journey, and ultimately blossom into a more fulfilled human being.
I have borne witness to people overcoming their personal struggles such as anxiety, fear, sadness, disordered eating and self-image, obsessive compulsions, career transitions, and difficult family dynamics in order to achieve their goals of healthy relationships, job changes, parenthood, and overall life satisfaction.
You can achieve this, too.
Therapy is a process, not a quick fix. It can be challenging, it can stir up a lot of difficult feelings, and it can also be joyful and full of laughter.
Be ready to do the work, to share your story, to reflect on your life - where you've come from, where you are now, where you want to get to, what is standing in your way, and what can help you get to your destination.
What do you want to get out of this exploration? Are you willing to commit to making self-care a priority in your weekly schedule?
Let's schedule a free phone consultation so I can learn more about what you're looking for and make sure I'm the best therapist to help you. Then we can schedule our sessions, at which time I will learn a bit more about your history, your problem, and your goals.
Expect to commit to weekly therapy sessions for at least a year. Life coaching can be a shorter time frame but you may benefit from ongoing sessions. I am currently accepting new patients for therapy within NY state, as well as life coaching clients.
Sessions can be conducted at my office in Beacon, NY or via remote video call. I am close to Cold Spring (10 minutes) and Garrison (20 minutes). Sessions are 45 minutes each.