Qualifications and Experience


FORMAL EDUCATION:                           

Master’s Degree in Psychology, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Counseling

Northern Vermont University, Johnson, VT     May 2010

Dean’s List GPA 4.0

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology

Northern Vermont University, Johnson, VT     May 2008

Dean’s List GPA 4.0                                  

Child Development Associate, CDA Credential

Community College of Vermont, Burlington, VT   September 2004

 GPA 4.0

Degree in Design and Pattern Drafting-Muller and Sohn

Engineering degree-REFA

Bogner, Munich, Germany 1986-1988


Treatment of Complex Trauma & Dissociative Disorders Part II, International Society of Trauma and Dissociation: Jan.-June 2018

31 Secrets of the Embodied Self: Hearing Baby's Story in EMDR for Trauma in Implicit Memory: Sandra Paulsen PhD. January 2018

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR): Certification 2016 EMDR International Association

Diagnosis & Treatment of Complex Trauma & Dissociative Disorders Part I, International Society of Trauma and Dissociation 2017

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: Fundamentals of Hypnosis October 2014

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training 2014

Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) 

    Motivational Enhancement /Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MET/CBT5),

Win C Turner, Ph.D, 10/2009-3/2010, Certification Awarded 3/2010 

         Apprentice Addictions Professional (AAP), The Vermont Board Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board, Certification Awarded 2/19/2010


·      International Society of Trauma and Dissociation “Research Intervention Innovation” NYC, 3/29/19-4/1/19

·      International Society of Trauma and Dissociation “The Ripple Effect: Trauma & Dissociation in the Mainstream” Washington DC 3/30/17-4/3/17

·      International Society of Trauma and Dissociation "Hand in Hand: Trauma, Dissociation, Attachment" San Francisco, California 3/29/16-4/1/16

·      International Society of Trauma and Dissociation "Mastering the Complexity of Trauma & Dissociation" Orlando, Florida 4/16/15-4/20/15

International Society of Trauma and Dissociation "Exploring and Learning Together: What We Now Know about Trauma & Dissociation" Long Beach, California 10/23/14-10/27/14

·         The Language of Possibility: Utilizing Hypnotic Language and Creating Metaphor; Molly DeLaney PsyD, Colchecter, VT 4/12/13

·         Attachment, Trauma, and the Development of Mentalization, Arietta Slade, Ph.D., UVM Department of Psychiatry, 3/22/2013

·         Annual Conference, Addictive Disorders, Valley Visa, Fairlee, VT 10/27-28/11

·         Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Howard Addiction Academy 11/4/11

·         Exposure Response Prevention Therapy, Howard Addiction Academy 10/14/11

·         Twelve Step Groups and Steps, Netsmart University 9/8/11

·         Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Gayle LaSalle MS, 9/3/2011

·         Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Netsmart University 9/1/11

·         Making Change: Dealing With Addiction, Robert Bryant  8/17/2011

·         Seeking SafetyTherapy, Spectrum Youth & Family Services  4/2010-7/2010

·         Professional Ethics: Howard Center Training  12/4/2009

·         Addictions Internship: Maple Leaf Farm 2/10/2009-4/7/2009

·         All the Rage: Helping Adolescent Girls in Crisis; Dr. Martha Straus 12/4/2008

·         Integrative Healthcare Symposium; New York, NY  1/17/08-1/19/08


12/5/2011-Current, Cedar Brook Associates, Williston, VT, Providing individual psychotherapy to adolescents and adults including: Intake, Assessment, Treatment Recommendations, Treatment Plans/Goals, Case Management, Referrals, Aftercare Planning; Full time practice

9/2009-8/26/2011, Spectrum Youth and Family Services, Burlington VT, Provided individual, group and family psychotherapy to adolescents, young adults and their families, including: Intake, Assessment, Treatment Recommendations, Treatment Plans, Case Management, Referrals, Aftercare Planning, Full time practice, Weekly supervision and consultation

6/2008-8/2009, Northeastern Family Institute (NFI), Burlington/Winooski, VT., Residential Counselor; Provided group counseling to adolescents;Assisted in maintaining client files including progress notes and treatment work;Facilitated client/adolescents improvement in personal responsibility, social skills,coping skills, community living skills & behavior;Provided support, guidance and role modeling for client

7/2009 Maple Leaf Farm, Underhill, VT.; Substance Abuse Counseling Intern; Co-leader in group counseling; Participated in group case management supervision

12/1999-11/2010, Owner Sunny Brook Child Care, Georgia VT., Director of Child Care Program/Business Owne; Provided positive guidance &support cognitive, social, and emotional development of children in my care; Established & maintain positive and productive relationships with families; Established & maintain safe, healthy, nurturing environment; Accounting, Purchasing


Psychotherapy Treatment/Scope of practice

Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of both therapist and the client, and the particular issues which the client brings. There are a number of different approaches which can be utilized to address the problems you hope to address. It is not like visiting a medical doctor, in that psychotherapy requires an active effort on your part. In order to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home.

Therapeutic Orientation/ Treatment Methods:

A client centered therapeutic orientation guides my work. I place emphasis on the client's current perception and how we live in the here-and-now. I believe that we have a remarkable capacity for self-healing and personal growth.

My approach is holistic, strength-based and solution-focused and includes mindfulness practices, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) methods, and skill building in the following areas to enhance stress management, raise self-awareness, and ease feelings of anxiety and depression.

  • Relaxation Techniques: Mind and Body
  •  Interpersonal Effectiveness/ Assertiveness training to address social struggles/ relationship issues
  • Mindfulness for increasing awareness & exploring thinking, emotions & habits
  •  Self Compassion/ Self Care
  •  Rethinking: challenging and changing beliefs that are unhealthy
  •  Emotional regulation/Anger management
  • Setting boundaries: with self and in relationships
  •  Conflict resolution
  •  Decision making

Treatment can include the following: Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) methods, Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Seeking Safety Therapy.

Neuroscience research also guides my work. Research shows that negative life events can cause stress responses in the brain which can result in individuals becoming paralyzed, or controlled by threatening & uncomfortable emotions & beliefs. Many symptoms are unconscious ways the mind has devised of avoiding unwanted or feared emotions & thoughts.

The Result may include:

·         Social struggles/Relationship issues

·         Impulsive behaviors

·         Depression & anxiety

·         Sleep disturbances

·         Decreased academic/work performance

·         Problems with attention

Current brain research and the concept of “neuroplasticity” offer encouragement that, as we change our habitual patterns, we develop new pathways in the brain which support our new behaviors. The exciting implication of this research is that our experiences, and where we put our attention, continue to shape our brains as we age. By learning and practicing mindful attention to our mind and body, we affect the structure and function of our brains, making it easier to stay present and less reactive, which improves our physical and mental health. Using individual cognitive behavioral therapy & mindfulness practices, I provide clients with an opportunity to address unwanted symptoms (behaviors, emotions and beliefs) and to cultivate more ease, connection & well-being.

Possible results include:

·         Skillful responses to difficult emotions

·         Improved communication & relationships

·         Improved focus & concentration

·         Increased self-awareness

·         Improved conflict resolution skills

·         Increased empathy & understanding of others

I am committed to providing a safe, supportive environment and I offer acceptance and my caring presence as you grow, heal and transform. I see therapy as a collaborative process. I work with you to discover your unique path towards healing and well-being..

Graduate Courses:

  • Psychology of Addictions
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality Theories
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Stress Management and Self Regulation
  • Pharmacology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Counseling Theories
  • Lab Counseling Experience I
  • Counseling of Addictive Behaviors
  • Career Counseling 
  • Family Counseling
  • Research Methods
  • Counseling in Groups and Techniques in Counseling
  • Lab Counseling Experience II
  • Psychopathology
  • Practicum in Counseling
  • Studies in Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Internship Seminar
  • Evaluation and Measurement


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