Having suffered from debilitating anxiety and panic attacks for many years, I know first hand what it feels like. And it doesn’t feel good. Often, clients will tell me that no one understands what it is like to have a panic attack, with the rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, tunnel vision and fears of going crazy or dying. I understand these sensations, as well as the “what if” thinking and the all-consuming fears, because I have lived them. I had the same thoughts that many of my clients have.
I believe that my own experience with severe anxiety has really helped me to be a better therapist. I had panic disorder and that is what led me to this career. I believe I was given it for a reason – so I could fully understand what it is like and be best equipped to help others find calm in their lives.
On my own life journey, I had some very talented people help me get to the other side whole. I know that debilitating anxiety is not something that you can “will” away. It takes help from a skilled professional with thorough understanding and experience in treating anxiety sufferers. Lasting relief is possible! I have been helping people get relief from anxiety, panic attacks, phobias and related anxiety disorders for fifteen years. I don’t just teach people how to cope with anxiety. I help them break the pattern.
The path I took to get to this career that I love, started with getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. After working in the public relations/advertising field for a short while, I left to start a family and run a small business with my husband. While raising my two children, I really felt the limits that panic disorder had placed on my life. It became increasingly difficult to do things and I was running out of excuses as to why I could not go places. While on my own therapeutic wellness journey, it became very clear that a career helping others get relief from anxiety is what the universe had planned for me.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and received my Master’s Degree in Counseling from The College of New Jersey. I took extensive training in the fields of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Ericksonian Hypnosis to learn the techniques and approach that helped me get relief. As a hypnotherapist, I use these very powerful techniques along with cognitive and behavioral therapy to help people like you get your life back.
These powerful methods also draw on my communications training as the language that we use is so important in this mind-body approach. Our mind is very powerful. We all have within us the resources for change. Hypnosis allows us to tap into these resources and use our mind in a way that works for us. As we all have our own unique set of circumstances and life history, I use an approach that is individualized for each client. I am passionate about therapy and my education is ongoing. I’ll always be a student and I continually take courses to learn new and effective ways to help my clients.
I believe strongly in the mind-body connection and strive to lead a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy keeping physically fit through healthy eating and various kinds of exercise. Some of my favorite outdoor activities include relaxing on the beach and taking the long walk across a bridge that spans the bay. I love taking road trips with my husband to explore our country and check out the restaurants that we have seen featured on Food TV. Most of all, I cherish spending time with my family.
It is a privilege to help people get their life back and share in their joy when they are doing things they felt they were not able to do such as fly with ease, speak in front of an audience, or even shop in a grocery store.
If you are suffering with anxiety, take the first step to relief! I know it can be an overwhelming task to find the right therapist for you. Call me at 856.238.5036 for a free 15-minute consultation. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about your specific situation and how I can be of help.
There is hope!