I entered the Counseling Profession later in life. I have an Undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration from Wayne State University. After 13 years in the Banking Industry, I left the workforce and later returned to school to pursue my true calling in the helping profession.
I received my Masters of Arts in Counseling with a Specialization in Mental Health from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the State of Michigan and a National Certified Counselor (NBCC). I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
I have a special interest in Trauma Recovery work and am a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP) through which I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). I have worked in a non-profit clinic specializing in the treatment of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) therapy and incorporate this into treatment as appropriate.
In 2009, our family had the opportunity to move to Shanghai, China for a three-year period. While there, I had a thriving private practice working with expatriates from all around the world. I was active in the Shanghai International Mental Health Association, serving as its President during my final year in Shanghai. This was a fascinating and life changing experience for me, one that has enhanced my appreciation of the universality of our human challenges and struggles.