An Experienced, Social Work, Practitioner, Supervisor & Educator
Offering Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision, Instruction
I bring over a decade of experience in clinical practice and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Clinically, I specialize in helping people with a history of trauma, major mood disorders, personality disorders and histories of self-harm. I have experience teaching MSW students across the curriculum and I provide clinical supervision for Masters level clinicians seeking licensure.
Compassion, Commitment, Connection
PhD in Progress - Smith College, Northampton, MA
MSW - Columbia University, New York, NY
BA - Wagner College, Staten Island, NY
I began my social work career at Riker's Island Correctional Facility, a 14,000 bed jail in NYC. After relocating to Colorado Springs, I joined the El Paso County Criminal Justice where I worked my way up from an entry-level clinician to the Director of Mental Health for the 1700 bed facility.
I bring expertise in the care and management of clients with severe and persistent mental illness, personality disorders, trauma histories and people who are acutely suicidal/self-injurious.
I have been involved with the development and implementation of a highly successful, suicide prevention protocol at the El Paso County Jail in addition to writing standard operating procedures for the jail mental health team as well as the county Co-Responder Unit.
Outside of my forensic experience, i have also worked with the Child Center of New York with emotionally disturbed children and youth at Youth at Risk with the Beyond Barriers program for survivors of domestic violence and with Project Sanctuary, doing therapeutic recreation with Military families. I have spent several years in private practice and has experience working with clients with a diverse ranges of needs, backgrounds and symptoms.
Experience across Associates, Bachelors of Masters levels of Social Work.
Newman University, MSW Program, Colorado Springs
Diagnosis & Assessment
Forensic Social Work
Advanced Practice with Families
Family Centered Social Policy
Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs
Introduction to Social Work
Introduction to Social Welfare Policy
Introduction to Clinical Practice
Human Behaviors in the Social Environment I & II
Introduction to Case Management
Wagner College, NYC
Race and Ethnic Relations
Introduction to Social Work
"Are They Mental Health or Behavioral?": Toward Object Relations Translation for Corrections Officers in the International Journal for Applied Psychoanalytic Studies
My academic interests include:
Treatment interventions with incarcerated populations
Processes & experiences of correctional treatment staff
Suicide risk prevention in locked facilities
Impact of co-responder programs on people in mental heath crisis
Colorado Springs, Colorado