After growing up near Boston, Massachusetts I first studied Psychology at Bates College in Maine. I later completed my Masters in Clinical Social Work at Smith School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts. This provided the foundation for my psychodynamic and integrative talk-therapy approach. I first began providing group and individual psychotherapy for Veterans, then for hospice patients, and lastly at a psychiatric day-treatment program.
Upon moving to Munich I worked for the Sozial Psychiatrischer Dienst doing mental health counseling. Before opening a private psychotherapy practice with my German title of “Heilpraktiker for Psychotherapy”, I worked on a multi-professional therapeutic team for patients with Psychosis at the Soteria within the Isar-Amper-Klinikum München.
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Professional Coaching Certification
My desire to coach came out of my experience at the short-term day-treatment program at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Here I worked with individuals of all ages who chose to take time out of their routine in search of a significant life change. I saw that this program created the necessary “time-out” to rethink and realign priorities. For example, when clients lose a job or retire, they are given an important opportunity to use this “road-block.” With the right reframing techniques, one can see this obstacle or “problem” as a chance to focus on values of health and redirect to take balance and well-being into account. Through this work, I have seen that choosing to live according to our values leads to a happier and more rewarding life. It is this sense of wholeness and fulfilment that many of us strive for which inspires my coaching practice.
Before moving to Germany, I attended the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching in order to coach other international Expats.