I began my work in the field of social work in 1979. I have worked for both public and private agencies and have worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. I have been in private practice since 1988; first in Virginia Beach, VA and then in Richmond, VA since 1991.
In addition to my practice as a psychotherapist, I provide training and supervision to other professionals. I am trained in psychodrama and experiential therapy, particularly in the use of experiential therapy as it applies to healing trauma. I have presented workshops and provided training both nationally and internationally. I have provided training to professionals in on-going training groups. I have been a co-trainer in groups in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Taiwan, Canada and China. I have had post-graduate training in working with trauma & completed the Certificate Program in Advanced Trauma Treatment offered by The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training & Education, Inc. in Pikesville, Maryland. I enjoy integrating expressive therapies into my practice of psychotherapy, such as art, movement, gestalt and sandtray.
My office at 5700 W Grace Street.
For the past 13 years, I have been assisted in my therapy with my therapy dog, Sadie. Sadie decided to go into semi-retirement earlier this year. Sadie was very helpful to me to help me remember to stay in the moment & stay present. These qualities contribute greatly to my therapeutic approach.
Mollie now comes to the office. Mollie is a therapy dog in training. She is also a cocker spaniel. Mollie was born in December 2015 & is still sort of a puppy. Sometimes, people are more comfortable without the presence of a dog, or perhaps they are allergic. If this is the case, please let me know & we will schedule your appointment during a time when Miss Mollie is not in the office. The important thing is that my clients are comfortable in my office at all times.
MSW Virginia Commonwealth University 1983
BA Virginia Tech 1978
License & Certifications
Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Commonwealth of Virginia- 1987
Trainer, Educator & Practitioner in Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy- 2010
Certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment- Levels I & II 2011-12