Some of the greatest gifts; the sharing of a smile and laughter.
My work is my passion.
The focus of my work is to empower individuals in achieving life fulfillment. My therapeutic style is non- confrontational; rather individuals are accepted and not judged. I am a caring and compassionate therapist providing a safe environment that is confidential and secure. The space I provide is soothing, quiet and non-threatening. The building is handicapped accessible. Your confidentiality and privacy are of primary importance.
I have been in the behavioral health field for over 18 years. I provide Alcohol, drug and mental health counseling primarily to individuals 18 years of age and older. I am also a Life Coach. My services include individual, couples, family and group counseling. The strategies I use are strengths-based meaning we focus on the strengths you possess. The strategies are Evidenced-based meaning there is research to support the strategies are successful in helping individuals attain and maintain behavior change. The strategies I use are Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) where by changing our thoughts we can change our behaviors. I also use Motivational Interviewing (MI) which recognizes that permanent behavior change is difficult and takes time and commitment. Another strategy is Stages of Change where the work meets the individual “where you are” and provides skills to move you forward in your behavior change. I have been trained and certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which provides coping skills to decrease self-harming and other negative behaviors.
I am dually-licensed by the State of NH. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and a Master-level Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MLADC). I am also a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) certified under the US Department of Transportation. I have worked with individuals throughout the lifespan from infancy to end of life. During my under-graduate program I volunteered in suicide prevention, risk assessment and intervention. I was also active in promoting and protecting the rights of Individuals with Disabilities on campus, in the wider community, statewide and nationally. During my graduate program I was involved in political activism and advocacy. My internships focused on marginalized and under-served groups including those impacted by HIV/AIDS, suicide, end of life issues and the elderly. Substance use and addictions were and remain a part of that work. In 2004 I began employment with a Co-Occurring Disorders agency. My work involved individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. Along with my work with individuals, couples, family and groups; I developed, implemented and facilitated gender-specific groups. I was the agency’s primary provider of Impaired Drivers Intervention Program (IDIP) services. In 2009 I became the agency’s Clinical Director. I provided supervision to up to 20 employees. In my capacity as Clinical Director, I was involved in grant writing, fundraising and strategic planning for the agency. I have extensive experience within the Criminal Justice System working with Alternative Sentencing Programs, probation and parole. I have attended local, regional and national conferences on addictions, mental health and Criminal Justice.
I hold a BA in Psychology with a specialty in Clinical – Counseling; and a Minor in Nutrition. While in my under-graduate program, I was named President’s Outstanding Student of the Year; Dean’s list and nationally as Who’s Who Among America’s Universities and Colleges. I am a lifetime member of Psi Chi, Psychology Honor’s Club under the American Psychological Association (APA). I graduated from my program with high honors. I hold a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Health – Mental Health. My graduate thesis focused on individuals with disabilities and the elderly. I am a member of both the state and national NASW (National Association of Social Workers) and NAADC (National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors). I am a former member of NADCP (National Association of Drug Court Professionals); as well as a member of the NFB (National Federation of the Blind).
Q: What is counseling or therapy?
A: Counseling is often called “talk therapy”.
Q: What happens during counseling?
A: Counseling is a relationship between the individual and Counselor. It is a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. The counseling relationship is a collaboration. We work together on life problems that are causing you to struggle in your life.
Q: Can counseling or therapy help me with my problems?
A: Yes, research demonstrates that counseling does help. It might take some time and work, you are not in this alone, we are a Team.
Q: Is what I talk about kept confidential?
A: Yes, what you tell me, your file and records are protected under federal law. If you wish me to share your information with someone, you must sign a release prior to that sharing. Only in limited situations can/will your information be shared. We will discuss those situations during your first session.
Q: What laws protect my confidentiality?
A: There are two (2) federal regulations that protect Client confidentiality. These are 42-CFR; Part 2 and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
Q: Are there other codes that protect my confidentiality?
A: As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) the NASW Code of Ethics prohibits the sharing of Client information. As a Master-level Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MLADC) the NAADC Code of Ethics prohibits the sharing of Client information. Both require there be a release of confidential information be on file prior to any sharing of information.
Q: How long is a session?
A: Most sessions are 55-minutes in duration; unless we discuss otherwise.
Q: How long will I be in counseling?
A: That depends in large part upon you. When you feel you no longer need or want counseling, you are free to terminate counseling at any time. There might be exceptions if you are being mandated.
Q: What is life coaching?
A: Life Coaching is an alliance between the individual and the Coach similar to counseling only different. In both counseling and coaching the belief is that you are the expert in your own life. Again, it is my job to empower you to look inside to find the answers that are deep within you. As a Counselor and Coach, it is my job to act as your Guide through the process.
Q: What is the cost of counseling or life coaching?
A: The cost of counseling depends upon whether it is individual, couples, family or group modalities. When you call for an appointment the cost of the sessions will be discussed.
• Individual, couples, family and group modalities
• Services Based on Need:
- Intensive – 2 1 hour sessions per week
- Moderate – 1 session per week
- Maintenance – 1 to 2 sessions per month
• Telephone sessions are possible after initial face-to-face sessions.
• Email sessions are also acceptable.
• Please call to discuss fees and protocols regarding email.
• Substance and Alcohol Use
• Relationship issues
• Self-esteem issues
• Assessments for DWI, Criminal Justice System and others
• Mindfulness Meditation
• Stress Management
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Individual and group modalities
• Anger Management
- Individual and group modalities
• Weight loss
- Individual and group modalities
• Life Coaching
Consultation for Professionals seeking licensure
Please call for fee information and required paperwork.
I am a provider for the following insurance companies: Anthem – Mathew Thornton and all subsidiaries Optem – United – Harvard Pilgrim and all subsidiaries Medicare NH Medicaid – Well Sense and Healthy Families (Ambetter & Cimpatico) NHHPP Medicaid – Anthem, United, Minute Man Health and Community Health Options