In my former life, as a costume designer for the theater, I witnessed firsthand during costume fittings, how physically uncomfortable many actors felt about their bodies and how their assumptions about how they looked negatively affected them and inhibited their work.
As a personal image consultant, I continued to see people obsessed over tiny “flaws” as if looking through a magnifying glass rather than into a mirror. I discovered that those who couldn’t express their best selves through the techniques I was teaching had deeper problems than I was equipped to help.
As a witness to the needless suffering of my clients I recognized a need to have a safe space for people to get to the root of the deeper issues about food, weight and body image. Since 2000, I’ve been helping people create healthier relationships with food and their bodies; lose weight and keep it off so that they are free to get in touch with and reignite their innate creativity. If this is what you want to do, please call me.
Transforming Early Mother Loss
My mother died when I was 17 just at the time I was supposed to be “launched” into adult life, break away from the family and eventually get to know her as an adult. Her illness and death made that impossible — and were the most defining experiences of my life, whether I knew it or not. If you asked me to tell the story of my life at any time before becoming a mother, it would have sounded like a broken record getting caught on the following refrain; my mother died when I was seventeen.
No matter my age, the 17-year-old-me was locked inside, afraid that everything I loved could disappear at any moment despite having a loving husband and wonderful child. The result was sometimes crippling anxiety, irritability and a driven need to work long hours to avoid the grief and loss that often encased me like a shroud. It was good therapy and involvement in the arts that allowed my 17-year-old self to recognize that she didn’t have be stuck in the past but could live fully in the present, without the anxiety and irritability – with joy and pleasure as a more constant companion.
No matter your age or how long ago your mother died, it’s possible to transform your relationship with your mother into one that nourishes your spirit. Please contact me if you’d like to go on this journey.
If you had told me when I became a psychotherapist that I would become the “Documentation Wizard”, I would have told you to get your head examined — and that I could recommend a few good therapists for the job. I wanted to be a good clinician and believed documentation was a necessary evil that didn’t have any relevance to “the real work” of providing good therapy.
Jobs have a way of teaching you things you didn’t know you needed to learn. As a clinical supervisor at a mental health clinic for 15 years, where good record keeping is mandatory to getting paid, I learned know how to describe clinical work so that sessions are approved and audits are passed. By spending 100’s of hours supervising psychotherapists and reviewing their notes I realized that good documentation can add to clinical practice. After working with me, even clinicians who struggled the most were no longer burdened by producing substandard documentation.
My intention is that you master this skill so that you pass audits and get the sessions you need for your clients in a way that reduces anxiety, increases efficiency and contributes to your clinical practice.
Please contact me if you’d like private coaching, if you’d like to participate in a group training or have me speak to a group of your colleagues.
My credentials …
Training and Education
- Masters of Social Work, Simmons College School of Social Work. Received the Iris McRae Award for Creative Contribution to the Field of Social Work from Simmons Graduate School of Social Work for developing and leading the group on body image and self-esteem called, “Making Peace with Beauty,” offered at Tufts New England Medical Center
- Trained in Internal Family Systems, Level 2.
- Certified Professional in The Tapas Acupressure Technique
- Trained in Dream Interpretation by Linda Yael Schiller, MSW, LICSW
- Since 2000, providing out-patient and in-patient therapy to people struggling with weight loss, including those who have had bariatric surgery
- Clinical supervisor at a local mental health clinic
- National Association of Social Workers
- Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association
- New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation
- Transforming Overeating with Tapas Acupressure Technique; MEDA Conference, ACEP Conference, NASW Symposium
- Misery or Mastery; Documenting Medical Necessity at Internal Family Systems Annual Conference, NASW Symposium, North Shore Medical Center, Arbour HRI
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Trauma for Renal Dialysis Patients for New England Area Renal Social Workers annual conference
- A sample of other trainings provided: Forgiveness; is it necessary for healing?, Binge Eating, Body Image and Discrimination, Weight Loss That Lasts Using The Tapas Acupressure Technique, The Nuts and Bolts of Mindfulness and Meditation
- 15 years of experience in theater, film, dance and print as a costume designer and 5 years as a cabaret artist