I have received my education in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California and Alliant International University in Los Angeles. It is in the Los Angeles metroplex that I have completed intensive predoctoral and postdoctoral training in a variety of settings, including Los Angeles County Jail Forensic  Programs, Los Angeles County inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics and private practice settings. After moving to Dallas , TX, I have accepted a position with UTMB– University of Texas Medical Branch to provide mental health services to men and women in forensic settings while continuing to work with individuals and families in a private practice setting in Roanoke, Texas.

Thorough collaborative effort and using tested and proven methods based on research rather than on the latest popularized psychological slogans, you can count on me to support your journey in revealing your  authentic self, without the constraints of  “should or shouldn’t be”. If you are experiencing a breakdown remember that this could be a powerful opening for action, to get unstuck from the dis-empowering litany of “what’s wrong with me?”. If you are ready to disrupt this old conversation and its residue from the past, restore integrity with your real self and open up a new world of possibilities for true intimacy, for yourself and those around you, I am here to help.

My practice is in full compliance with the American Psychological Association’s ethical principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, as well as the laws and ethical mandates of the Texas Licensing Board of Psychology. In addition, patient privacy will be protected in accordance with the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

I was born and raised in Italy by the Dolomites Mountains.  From that background, I believe I bring a friendly, open, non-judgmental approach to therapy with the utmost respect for the importance of family values and cultural, religious and sexual orientation differences.  Although I enjoyed living and working in sunny California where I pursued undergraduate and graduate studies,  I felt  right at home moving to Texas. In the town of Roanoke, where I currently practice, has been a place for both personal and professional growth. I can provide you with a great variety of therapeutic options, relying on more than one area of expertise. I invite you to come meet us, we are here to help and we care! 

CERTIFICATIONS:

CENTER FOR DEPLOYMENT PSYCHOLOGYAddressing the Psychological Health of Warriors and Their Families

“Give an Hour” Provider , offering zero cost services to U.S. Military Personnel  and families affected by the current conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

The needs of military families are an important part of my practice. I feel honored to be able to give back to the community through no cost services for military families struggling with issues I specialize treating, such as : addiction, sexual compulsivity, pornography addiction, relationship difficulties, PTSD and relational trauma. In order to better serve the specific needs of service members, I completed extensive training developed by the Center for Deployment Psychology for civilian mental heath providers. The training and certification provided an opportunity to:

  • Identify deployment-related stressors faced by Service members and their families
  • Review risk and resilience factors associated with deployment
  • Identify the prevalence and types of substance use problems in veterans and strategies to address the problem
  • Risk assessment and interventions for suicidal behavior in military personnel
  • Look at  prevalence and types of sleep problems experienced by military personnel and review evidence-based treatment for insomnia.
  • Apply the skills of Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) or Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to treat combat-related PTSD.
  • Identify the symptoms and rates of blast-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) and utilize TBI tools and resources.

CSAT

As a trained Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, CSAT (sexhelp.com) I have completed intensive training,  supervision and continuing education in programs developed by foremost leader in addiction treatment, Dr. Patrick Carnes. Because sex addiction seldom affects only the individual seeking treatment, receiving training as a clinical partner specialist provided specialized skills to help partners and families overcome the devastating effects of relational trauma and intimate betrayal, with the goal to ultimately restore trust, intimacy and fulfillment in their future relationships.

EMDR Therapist

As part of my  commitment to provide patients the most modern and effective treatment options, I received EMDR training .  EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.

IPAT  Trained Provider

I have received certification in 16PF Personality Assessment to assist in:

  • making meaningful and well thought out career decisions
  • assist college bound students to make educational and career decisions based on concrete data
  • facilitate legally -defensible hiring and promotion decisions in business settings
  • create meaningful developmental activities for managers and employees
  • create organizational change

To learn more about how this tool could be beneficial for your personal career and/or business organizational needs,  please visit www.ipat.com.