For the past 38 years, I have specialized in the treatment of children, adolescents, young adults and families, working collaboratively with parents, teachers, schools and other psychotherapists.
After obtaining my MSW in 1979, I worked for six years in a psychoeducational center as the coordinator of the clinical staff. Teachers and clinicians consulted routinely and I learned the value of multi-disciplinary teamwork and the effectiveness of using a systems perspective in helping children with significant mental health issues return to their regular school setting.
In 1984, I left to begin my private practice, working part time as a play therapist for a developmental preschool.
I then consulted with the Atlanta Speech School for four years where I developed and led social skills groups for three differnt age groups for the learning disability program and provided parent groups for coordination of treatment.
I continue to work with children, adolescents, young adults and their families ...clients who are impacted by loss, trauma, depression, anxiety,
addiction/alcoholism, divorce, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, developmental delays and social skills deficits.
I believe in the use of imaginative play, in the resilience of children and in their capacity to heal.
I currently serve as the Membership Chairperson and the Mentoring Chairperson for the American Academy of Psychotherapists. I have served 3 terms on the Executive Board and co-chaired the 2012 Summer Workshop on Greed, Excess and Addiction. I was recently elected to be a Fellow for this national organization in recognition of many years of dedicated service and significant contributions.
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