I was born in Boston, MA and grew up in Quincy. After graduating from Archbishop Williams high school in Braintree I went to the University of Detroit, where I received my bachelor’s degree, majoring in psychology. After college I volunteered to work in Chile, South America where I lived for three years doing community development work.
After my three-year stint in Chile I volunteered for another year and a half in El Salvador, Central America. As you might have guessed I am fluent in Spanish.
When I returned to the US I worked as a bilingual guidance counselor in the Boston school system under a Federal grant. My supervisor, a Cuban American who was a professor at Boston University, encouraged me to apply for the doctoral program in psychology. I did and was accepted, receiving my doctorate in counseling psychology.
My first employment was working as a psychologist in a residential treatment center for children ages 5-15 who were traumatized as a result of having experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse. At the same time I co-founded a successful forensic practice that enjoyed a good reputation among judges and law enforcement professionals.
After 25+ years of doing forensic work I decided it was time for a change. I closed my forensic practice and opened an office in Braintree, specializing in treating mood disorders (anxiety, depression, panic attacks, bipolar illness, anger issues and stress.)
I have served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Society for Group Psychotherapy, as well as being the Co-Chair of the Training Committee. I belonged to the Harvard Trauma Study Group, led by the noted psychiatrists Bessel van der Kolk and Judith Herman. Currently I am a member of:
- The American Psychological Association
- The American Group Psychotherapy Association
- The Northeast Society for Group Psychotherapy
- The South Shore Coalition of Independent Therapists
I enjoy Mindful Meditation, travel, working out, reading and writing Haiku.
I also enjoy meeting people from all walks of life, which is probably an important factor in my becoming a psychologist.
Here is my LinkedIn page.