I graduated summa cum laude from Millersville University in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in social work and a minor in psychology. I completed an accelerated graduate school program and received a master's degree in social work in 2001 from Widener University.
National Association of Social Workers
Pennsylvania Society of Clinical Social Workers
Association for Play Therapy
After passing the required exam, I received the designation of Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in 2001. In 2006, after completing 3600 hours of supervised clinical work, I received the designation of Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) which is the highest level of social work licensure in the state of Pennsylvania.
I began my clinical career in August of 2001, providing treatment to children in their homes, schools, and communities. In 2003, I began working as an outpatient psychotherapist, and my clients included children, adolescents, and adults. During this time, I began to supervise interns who were in master's degree programs in social work and psychology, and in 2007 I became the assistant director of an internship program. I continued to see clients while I was training students to become therapists. In 2009, I assumed the position of director for a clinical program where I supervised the work of more than 20 therapists.
Other professional activities
In addition to providing many in-house trainings to agency staff, I was an adjunct instructor in the undergraduate and graduate social work programs at Millersville University as well as in the graduate social work program at Temple University.
I was a Family Life Educator for five years, teaching parenting skill classes at local schools, churches, and for other organizations.
For 2 years, I was a member of the board of directors for a local non-profit organization serving the mental health needs of the community.
As an LCSW, I am required to earn 30 hours of continuing education credits every 2 years. However, I have consistently earned many more than the required number. As a lifelong learner, I am committed to learning about the most recent evidence-based treatments and accepted best practices in the mental health field.