Want to know a little bit more about me? Check the HALF for a condensed version or the WHOLE for the full story. Hopefully this will give you a better idea of who I am as a person, and how my experiences informed the kind of therapist I am.
The HALF of it: Born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Needham, graduating from Needham High School. Spent four years at Fairfield University in Connecticut to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and minors in Art History and Philosophy. Spent two years at Boston University to receive a Masters of Social Work degree with a Trauma Certificate. Completed internship and transitioned to employee at The Home for Little Wanderers. Worked with children throughout whole life and through multiple employers, including Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services, the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, and Needham Park and Recreation. Previously worked in Boston Public Schools in both K-8 and High School settings, treating a range of issues including (but not limited to): Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Anger, Bereavement, Abuse & Neglect. Currently working in a therapeutic day school in the Boston area, with middle to high school age students with a variety of academic and mental health challenges.
The WHOLE of it:
Throughout my life, I always had a special connection with children and adolescents, starting with one of my first jobs in high school as a camp counselor for Needham Park and Recreation. Throughout five years, I worked my way up to become a Supervisor for their Summer Programs, and was fortunate enough to spend my time with a whole age range of youth. These positive experiences, as well as those volunteering with children at Head Start in college at Fairfield University, informed my decision to work with younger populations, where I knew I could get as much energy from young people as they get from me.
Around the time of this discovery, I also knew I was interested in Psychology – how the brain works, what informs our decision making, why we are the way we are – these questions intrigued me. My brain always thought about altruism and giving back through mental health – working “in the trenches” and “doing the work”, some of the cliches of the mental heath profession. To my surprise, my mentors steered me towards social work, where I would actually be able to see clients on a consistent individual basis and practice therapy, considering the multifaceted issues that people face and really making a difference.
With a focus on trauma I completed my Masters at Boston University, and learned an incredible amount about both clinical practice as well as myself. I saw my views change and expand regarding race, public health, gender & sexuality, poverty, and politics, and feel as though I have a much better understanding of the clients I now serve. Through completing their internship program and then being hired by The Home for Little Wanderers, I mostly worked with clients in the Boston neighborhoods of Roslindale, Dorchester, and Hyde Park. While I preliminarily saw adolescents in Boston Public Schools, I also saw clients at our clinic in Roslindale after school hours. After three years at The Home I took an opportunity to work at Justice Resource Institute for a therapeutic day school. The students are all on IEP’s and sent by their local district to the school, where we can better serve the individual student’s needs. All students have access to a number of alternative spaces outside of the classroom, and receive changes in program tailored specifically to their regulation needs.Though often challenging, my role as a therapist is incredibly fulfilling, and I consider it a blessing to be able to make a living while helping youth transform their lives to better themselves and their future.
To the surprise of some of my clients, I do in fact have a life outside of clinical social work practice and have a broad number of interests. While not blessed with the talent to playing instruments (I did try guitar and bass at least!), I love seeing live music and have attended a huge number of concerts and festivals (78 and counting!). These shows range sonically from electronic, to rap, to rock, and everything in between. I have a particular obsession with Bassnectar, who I’ve had the pleasure of seeing live 10 times, and will continue to until he retires. Being a Boston native, I also enjoy roaming around the city with friends and experiencing all it has to offer (and it goes without saying that I’m a diehard Pats fan). The city has so many things I never explored growing up here, which I’ve been trying to take advantage of now – I can finally say I know how to get around the city! Beyond this, I’m also interested in things like: exercise (and pickup basketball), yoga, meditation, podcasts (check out the Joe Rogan Experience), UFC, mixing (DJing), gloving, video games (Halo), and above all trying to be the best me I can be.