I have been an educator and a helping professional for many years. I am dedicated to helping people maximize their full potential and reach important goals. Whenever possible I try to prioritize moving forward over examining the past. Years of experience in consultation with individuals, couples, and families of all types encourages me to be optimistic about people and life. I do not accept insurance or third party payment but I try to keep my fee reasonably competitive with local co-pays. Clients describe their coaching experiences with me as rewarding, practical, warm and fun. It would be a genuine pleasure to know you and share your journey whatever your goal.
My longest professional affiliation was with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy as a licensed MFT in private practice in Pennsylvania from 1989 through 2009. I completed a Master of Science in Psychology at Chestnut Hill College and a 2 yr post Master's program at the University of Pennsylvania's Marriage Council, the oldest and arguably most respected couple's therapy training program in the country at the time.
In 1996, in addition to my private practice, I became Director of Guidance at an all male Philadelphia high school, Holy Ghost Prep, until 2009. In 1994, I developed a unique, 2yr aftercare program for people undergoing Bariatric surgery. During that time I was active in the American Society For Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and worked with hundreds of clients in post op recovery from Bariatric surgery in the Philadelphia area. I also trained treatment professionals working with this newly emerging population. My aftercare program, My Self Design, remains a strong and effective treatment model for durable recovery from morbid obesity to this day and it continues to be an area of special interest for me.
In 1998, after 15 years of work with eating and weight disorders, I was honored to become a Fellow of the Academy For Eating Disorders. I've also enjoyed a rewarding professional association in recent years with the International Coaching Federation, and Tucson Professional Coaches.
I enjoy coaching couples to bounce back from difficulties and to develop rewarding relationships together whether starting out or starting again. I love to meet and support modern families navigating their way through parenting and step parenting, child rearing, and childlessness, multiple careers, no careers, and retirement. I treasure helping seniors cope with the challenges that our human life span's final stages present: "the last of life for which the first was made."
My educational training integrates personal coaching with traditional theories about making and sustaining change. I'm solution focused and goal oriented. I will be attentive to your needs without wasting your time. I enjoy helping people of all ages find strategies for moving forward with maximum health and joy.