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About Me

​Hello. Thank you for learning more about me. My full-time job is as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Professional Counseling at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. 


I also have a small private Ecotherapy practice based in Red Bank, NJ. I work with only a few clients at a time so that I can give them my full attention.


I am also a mom to two daughters and one fur-baby dog named Bernie.


I have a PhD and a Masters degree in Counseling from Montclair State University and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Connecticut College. 

Trained in outdoor leadership through the National Outdoor Leadership School, I spent several years as a wilderness instructor for organizations including the National Wildlife Federation and the Outward Bound.   

For the past 14 years, I've worked with clients in finding their own strengths and coping skills to work through periods of stress and anxiety.  My research explores the influence of the natural world on our mental health and the use of Ecotherapy in clinical practice and the counselor education classroom.  Today, I infuse Ecotherapy into my private practice with clients as well as teach Ecotherapy (and other classes) to my masters students at Monmouth University.  

My new book, “Nature is Nurture: Counseling and the Natural World”, is anticipated to be released in 2019 through Oxford University Press. 


  • Anxiety

  • Self Esteem

  • Depression



  • Child or Adolescent

  • Coping Skills

  • Family Conflict

  • Life Transitions

  • Marital and Premarital

  • Parenting

  • Relationship Issues

  • Stress

  • Transgender

  • Women's Issues


Client Focus

  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)

  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)

  • Adults

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