Learn to greet each day with compassion for the self. Discover new ways of looking at yourself and the problems you are facing. Practice new ways of coping that will last a life time.

Primary Practice Areas

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Disordered Eating
  • Self-Esteem
  • OCD
  • Grief / Bereavement

Specialization Areas

Maternal Mental Mood Disorders

Up to 20% of women experience significant depression and anxiety during pregnancy or the postpartum period. Many women are afraid to tell their loved ones how much they are struggling. If it is happening to you, know that you are not alone and you will get better! Therapy is an effective part of treatment to help you during this major life transition. I have been working with maternal mood disorders, anxiety and infant loss since 2003 and would be honored to help you through this challenging time!

Disordered Eating

Eating Disorders affect millions of people in the U.S. For many, disordered eating is connected to never having learned healthy ways of recognizing and managing difficult emotions. Guilt, shame, and loneliness are just a few of those emotions that sometimes get replaced by the temporary relief offered by unhealthy eating behaviors (like binge eating, anorexia and bulimia). Therapy can help you explore feelings, learn more effective coping strategies and change the way you view yourself.

About Me

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 in the Spring of 2018 a non- profit in South Bend, Indiana that will focus on Mental Health education, screening and access to care.  More information coming soon on Mental Health Awareness of Michiana!

I enjoy urban living, working on my garden, antiquing, cooking, traveling and aging well!

My Approach

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.

Client Testimonials

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).

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I am a participating provider with the following insurance companies:

Anthem/ Blue Cross Blue Shield
Aetna
Cigna
Meritain
MBHN
CHA
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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.

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