A Bit About Me
I am a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, and a National Certified Counselor. Currently, I serve as Associate Clinical Professor and Program Director for the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
I am an internationally recognized presenter, educator, and author in dance/movement therapy. I specialize in using alternative outlets for expression supporting children, adolescents, adults and families in moving through emotional difficulties.
My clinical experience includes working with a variety of populations including children with severe emotional disturbance and with autism spectrum disorder, victims of abuse and neglect, families in crisis, adults with mental illness and dual diagnosis, and supporting healthy attachment with mother/infant dyads.
I was honored to serve as co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy and was a two time President’s Award recipient from the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) for my contributions to the profession. I have been featured on National Public Radio (NPR), CCTV, Attachment Theory in Action Podcast, and as a presenter for the 2014 ADTA Talks series. I have published several articles in various peer-reviewed journals and has authored and co-authored book chapters about dance/movement therapy and attachment behavior and autism spectrum disorder.
My recent co-authored chapter, “Body, Brain, and Relationship: Dance/Movement Therapy with children with Complex trauma” is in the forthcoming book Dance/Movement Therapy for Trauma survivors: Theoretical, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectives. You can learn more about this book in the News and Projects section.