I have been practicing as a licensed clinical social worker since 1993. Over my professional career, I have lived and worked in New York City, Baltimore, Maryland and since 2011, in South Bend, Indiana. I have practiced clinical social work in community based and hospital settings, public mental health and private office settings. Most of my career has focused on working with women. Since 2003, I have focused a significant portion of my practice to working with women suffering from perinatal depression, anxiety and pregnancy loss. Since 2011, I have added disordered eating as another specialty area of my practice. Most of my practice focuses on treating anxiety and depression in the adult population.
I received my Masters in Social Work and Masters in Public Health from Columbia University in New York City in 1993. My clinical practice has been a primary focus in my 25 years of practice. My Public Health interests are in Population Health and Maternal and Child Health. As an outgrowth of my clinical work, I have been fortunate to do program development. In 2003, I co- founded, along with a multidisciplinary team, a hospital based postpartum depression screening program at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. I developed and coordinated the community outreach program that stemmed from that screening program.
In addition to running my private practice, I co-founded Mental Health Awareness of Michiana in 2018. MHAM promotes mental health education, collaboration between providers, and improved access to mental health care. For more information, visit our webpage www.MHAMichiana.org
I enjoy urban living, working on my garden, antiquing, cooking, traveling and aging well!
My therapy practice encourages health and wellness. I provide a warm, supportive and non- judgmental environment for my clients to explore what is going on in their life currently that is giving them difficulty as well as what remnants from their past may still be influencing how they interpret and respond to current life stressors. I use an integrated therapeutic approach. A cognitive-behavioral approach allows us to look at what feelings, thoughts and behaviors are causing stress/ distress. Mindfulness encourages clients to observe, understand and learn to manage uncomfortable feelings when they arise. Interpersonal Psychotherapy allows us to evaluate interpersonal dynamics and work on more interpersonal effectiveness. The process of healing sometimes requires different approaches to different problems. All therapeutic approaches are focused on helping clients lead healthier and happier lives.
My office is located in the Commerce Building, 401 East Colfax Avenue, Suite 114 in the East Bank neighborhood in South Bend, Indiana.
Parking is free.
When coming for your appointment, park in a visitor spot. Enter the building through the Colfax Avenue Entrance (look for the green awning). Suite 114 is the first suite on your right as you enter the building.
Please text when you arrive.
Wheelchair or stroller access is available through the atrium entrance (on the LaSalle Avenue side of the building).
I am a participating provider with the following insurance companies:
Anthem/ Blue Cross Blue Shield
Call your insurance company to verify your benefits before your first appointment. I collect copays and deductibles at the time of service. I prefer you pay your copays and deductibles with cash or checks. I am able to process credit cards but will pass along a 3% processing fee that I am charged by the credit card companies. If you are paying out of pocket, my fees are $120 for the intake appointment, $105 for a 55-60 minute session and $75 for a 45-50 minute session.
I reserve a small portion of my practice for sliding scale or pro bono services depending on income. Contact me if you have questions about eligibility and the waiting list.