My goal is to support other professionals in building an ethical, effective and joyful practice that serves both them and their clients well. Our community needs and deserves counselors with diverse approaches, beliefs and skills so I love to connect beginning therapists to their own innate wisdom while also supporting them in continuing to learn and grow.
My practice, Building Family Counseling, focuses on the needs of growing families. I have additional certification in Infant-Toddler Mental Health as well as training in Adoption, Infertility, Pregnancy Loss and Postpartum Mood Disorders. I work with little kids, big kids, teens and adults.
Besides being a therapist, I’m also a writer and a speaker. I have written for Salon.com, Utne, Ode, Brain Child, Huffington Post, Parenting, Yoga Journal, Wondertime, Adoptive Families, Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Kveller.com, Disney’s Family.com, CommonsenseMedia.org, Early Childhood NEWS and Greater Good among many others. My essays appear in several books including Joanne Bombarger’s Mother’s of Intention (Bright Sky Press, 2011), Rebecca Walker’s anthology One Big Happy Family (Riverhead Press, 2009), Mothering and Blogging (Demeter Press, 2009) edited by May Friedman & Shana L. Calixte and the textbooks Child Adoption: Issues and Perspectives (Icfai University Press, 2009) and Mixed Heritage (Greenhaven Press, 2009). I have been interviewed on New Hampshire Public Radio’s Word of Mouth, on Q with Jian Ghomeshi, and on Dawn Davenport’s Creating a Family. I also consulted on a This American Life episode about open adoption.
I’ve presented at the Columbus Society for Clinical Social Work and Ohio State Counseling and Consultation; the Open Adoption Symposium in Richmond, VA; the American Adoption Congress annual conference; the International Conference on Adoption and Culture; the Voices for Ohio’s Children Healthy Kids Conference; the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children conference and the All Ohio Counselors Conference.
I’ve been fortunate to have wonderful supervision both as a beginning therapist and now via regular peer consultation. I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned and learning from my supervisees.