I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified EMDR Therapist. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice at Shippensburg University where I graduated Magna Cum Laude and as the Distinguished Military Graduate. I served six years as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army and later spent eleven years in the private sector employed by behavioral health companies. I earned a Masters in Social Work from Temple University, entered private practice and discovered EMDR after training in Forensic Interviewing and Neurolinguistic Programming. As EMDR proved so rapidly and consistently effective, I evolved my practice to work in EMDR exclusively.
I later spent two years working as a therapist and administrator for an International Mission agency based in the UK. While living, traveling and working in fourteen countries on five continents, I confirmed that EMDR is an effective intervention across cultures because trauma, depression, anxiety and PTSD are human conditions and EMDR is a mind-body intervention which doesn't require extensive talking sessions. Through these experiences I learned this is why EMDR is often popular with younger adults and military Veterans who may not want to go into vivid detail describing unpleasant events from the past. EMDR facilitates rapid healing in the privacy of one's own mind which the therapist gently guides while respecting boundaries.
I am now employed full time as an executive for the US Department of Veterans Affairs serving as a Director in the Veterans Health Administration's Employee Education System. In 2018 I was selected by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to complete a Fellowship in Government at Harvard University and later became a Senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. I am honored to serve our nation's Veterans as I am also a Veteran myself and use VA exclusively for my own healthcare. I continue my clinical practice in offering EMDR during evenings and weekends as this is a frequently requested service here in Gettysburg and the York-Adams County region of Pennsylvania.
I am very happy to answer questions about EMDR or discuss your own situation if you are considering whether EMDR might be right for you. Feel free to contact me at 717-398-4079 or