I am a licensed Psychologist who specializes in working with women and health. I have over 26 years of experience and have helped countless people make real change in their lives to live happier, more fulfilling lives.
I received my Ph.D. from Ball State University's Counseling Psychology program. This program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. I did my doctoral internship at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA, where my focus was on family systems, individual psychotherapy, and medical family therapy.
My focus when working with people is on the present, rather than on the past. I help people understand what is blocking them from reaching their goals, help them learn how to make better decisions, set priorities, and make and implement an action plan to achieve their goals. I am honest and straightforward with feedback. The focus is on real change, with a very compassionate ear to help me understand why things have been difficult for you.
I specialize in working with women on a wide variety of issues. I have a special interest in working with women with cancer at all stages, but I also work with women struggling with any medical challenge. I can provide support and guidance to help with medical decision making and navigating through the confusing world of serious illness. My work in health psychology also includes working with family members who are serving as caregivers for an ill loved one.
I also work with women who are struggling with overwhelming stress, having trouble saying "no," life transitions, career issues, relationship problems, empty-nest syndrome, mid-life issues, and difficulty with decision making.
One other area of specialization is grief and bereavement. I help those who have experienced a loss to understand confusing emotions, deal with those around them who don't fully understand, and help people through the process of normal or complicated grief. I have worked with many women who have lost a child through miscarriage, infant death, accident and illness at any age.
In addition to psychotherapy, I also am a frequent speaker for community, civic, and private organizations. I speak on topics of Managing a Cancer Diagnosis, Cancer and Depression, Fear of Recurrence, Caring for the Caregiver, Stress Management, Life Balance, Happiness for Women, Gender Differences in Stress Management, and Achieving the Life You Really Want. I have been a consultant to community service organizations such as the Healing Consciousness Foundation, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia at Gilda's Club, where I do a regular monthly program for women, and large companies such as Linens N Things, Ocean Spray, and AT&T. If you would like to book me as a speaker for your organization, please contact me for rates and availability.
I am the recipient of the 2020 Pennsylvania Citizen Psychologist Award, given to psychologists that excel in leadership in local, national, and global psychological well being.
I am a licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Professional Activities and Memberships
I am a member ofnthe Society of Health Psychology, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and the American PsychoSocial-Oncology Society. I am the Past President of LeTip of Doylestown and the current co-chair of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness committee. I am also on the medical staff at Doylestown Hospital and am on the Medical Advisory Board of the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia. I am also on the medical advisory board of KNOWoncology, a research database for naturopathic oncology. I am a member of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce serving on the Parenting and Family Committee and the Women in Business Committee.