“I believe in the dignity and worth of all human beings, and approach treatment and therapy from a strengths and resiliency based perspective. I like to collaborate with clients to achieve their ultimate goals and to help them recognize and take advantages of the many strengths that they have developed throughout their lives. I embrace the humanistic approach to treatment and feel that the therapeutic relationship is the single most important factor in therapy. I also work with individuals to challenge their long-standing thinking and utilize cognitive behavioral therapy/approaches to assist individuals in making long term changes they desire. My therapeutic style involves the use of humor, challenges, bluntness/directness and empathy.
I particularly enjoy working with the forensic/criminal justice populations. It is my belief as a social worker that these populations are often the most overlooked in regards to treatment and recovery and most often have the greatest need for support and collaboration to meet basic needs and life goals. I thoroughly enjoy group therapy and its many benefits and rewards.
I began working with juveniles who were in trouble with the criminal justice system. I always had a passion for this area but felt at times I could not do enough to effect change. I moved on to a position in Case Management in the Developmental Disabilities System where I planned to get enough experience to be able to become a juvenile probation/parole officer. Once in the DD System however I found another niche and spent many years as a Case Manager and as a Supervisor/Administrator in the system before returning to my love of working within the criminal justice system as I helped to develop a Forensic Treatment Program for Developmentally Disabled individuals. After running this program for several years I returned to school to earn my Masters Degree in Social Work. As my last Internship in school I worked for the NH Department of Corrections. This Internship turned into a job working in the Sexual Offender Treatment Services for the NH Department of Corrections as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor before becoming the Director of Sexual Offender Treatment Services for the NHDOC. I eventually left the NHDOC to become a private practice practitioner in the Concord and Manchester Areas.
Professional Certifications & Associations
NASW (National Association of Social Workers) ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers)
Other Professional/Educational Achievements
I served three terms as the President of the NH Chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. I have served on numerous task forces/collaborative teams working to improve social services and better meet the needs of the individuals I have served.
- Master of Social Work – University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
- BA, Psychology – Plymouth State (College) University, Plymouth, NH
“When not with my patients, I enjoy…spending time with my family and my three dogs,walking, spending time at the lake, reading, writing, boating and motorcycle riding.