About Me

Orlando picture with glasses - cropped 2I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist providing individual, couple, and group therapy. (A CNS – clinical nurse specialist is an RN with a 2 year masters degree and advanced clinical training, much like a nurse practitioner.)

I have a passion for helping couples heal. I see many couples trying heroically to reach each other only to turn away in despair that they will be heard or get their needs met. I see people who love each other but feel so unloved and unimportant. Many are hopeless. They are often very angry and are fighting for their lives and their relationships in ways that defeat them.

I have a unique perspective with over 30 years experience as a therapist. I am a graduate of Adelphi University, NY Medical College Program in Sex Therapy and the Florida Postgraduate Sex Therapy Training Institute. I have taken advanced training in the Gottman Method and am working in their program leading to certification. Simultaneously I have studied Emotionally Focused Therapy, ( doing the 4 day externship and the 4 skills training sessions). I think that EFT brings a language and science to healing attachment injuries and compliments the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy. Attachment Injuries are often the root causes of couples’ inability to create intimacy. Physical Intimacy between a couple can be the glue that holds the relatonship together and so I work with couples to reinvent their sex lifes as their friendship is repaired.

In my life I have had several amazing mentors and life has lead me places that I never expected to go. I love working with individuals assisting them to listen to their deepest self and follow their Path. My 3 day Vision Quest, where I was alone and fasting in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado, changed my life in powerful and subtle ways. Most important, I listen differently to my deepest self and to whatever that power is that is bigger than me and sources the universe. It is a great honor for me to work with people who want to understand themselves, become free and follow their inner knowings. I don’t think there are mistakes or coincidences in life. I think if we could have made a different choice we would have but we couldn’t and we didn’t. I know that self compassion is the cornerstone for healing and I make every effort to be compassionate to my patients and to myself. Doing this deep psychological work with couples and individuals is both an honor and a privilege for me.

I find that group therapy offers another healing dimension. When participants hear that others feel the same way, something shifts. They relax. When participants watch others struggle with the same issue it seems to make their choices clearer and more possible. The long term groups that I have worked with become so important to each other that it gives them an additional (and in some cases the only) place to be themselves, feel accepted and supported. There have been nights when I return home, so moved by what has happened in group that I have to sit on my lanai and look at the stars. Often the stories are of pain, suffering, survival and resilence. I am in awe, moved to my core and profoundly grateful that I have been a witness to these amazing people. I have always found Carl Jung’s concept of a “collective unconscious” useful. Groups in my opinion exemplify this. Growth for one, leads to growth for others. There is a kind of synergy.

Whenever I tell people I am a psychotherapist they say, “That must be tough”. I tell them that some days are challenging but most days I look forward to work because I have the privilege of having conversations with amazing people who are generous enough to share their story with me.

In my consultation days, I did a lot of teaching which I also loved. I have presented at national conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of communication, disability and caregiving issues.

I was an entrepreneur for 25 years with a consulting and training business in the home care field in NYC. I have had several articles and training manuals published. I enjoyed doing organizational development and conflict resolution among work groups. I was lucky to be the recipient of several grants to further my work. I understand the issues facing small businesses and family owned businesses. I have an innate ability to sense the small steps individuals and groups need to make to move from point A to B.

So that is my story, I hope that it resonates with you and that perhaps I can be of service. Please call me to discuss.

Education
MS in Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from Adelphi University in 1977
NY Medical College, Certificate in Sex Therapy, 1979 – 2 year program
BS in Nursing from Mount St, Mary College, 1971
MDiv. from Gauden University in 2005/ this university has closed and the records are held by Tzaddi
Florida Postgraduate Sex Therapy Training Institute, 2012 – 1 year program

License, Certifications & Awards
CNS License in Florida
RN License in NY
Board Certified Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist by American Nurses Credentialing Center
Certified Care Manager by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers
AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists) Certified Sex Therapist

Additional Training and Experience

Gottman Level 3 Training and acceptance into the Certification Track

Emotionally Focused Therapy. 4 day Externship. 4 0f 4 Core Skills Training Workshops.

Landmark Education:

  • Graduate of the Forum,
  • Advanced Forum,
  • Self Expression and Leadership,
  • Communication – Access to Power,
  • Communication – Power and Performance,
  • Team Leadership and Management Program

Ericksonian Hypnosis and Communication Techniques,

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Professional Activities and Memberships
Member of American Nurses Association and Florida Nurses Association
Member of Nurse Practitioner Council of Collier County
AASECT – American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists