One of the best decisions in my life was making a career change in my 30's due to my dissatisfaction with my job in the corporate sector and deciding to get my master's degree in social work. Since then I have dedicated my career to working in the field of mental health for the past 26 years and it has proved be a rich and rewarding experience.
I began working in inpatient psychiatric settings beginning at the University of Maryland Medical Center and then St. Joseph Medical Center both on their general psychiatric units. This gave me a first hand experience of working directly with clients in an acute setting and working in different treatment modalities including case-management, family, and group therapies. This then led to joining the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt where I provided family therapy and group therapy to the clients in the inpatient and partial hospital programs.
Following my 2 year experience at CED, I then began working at The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt. This experience proved to be invaluable as I was trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. This was a game changer in my professional career as it revealed to me how vital it is to teach coping strategies to clients to better manage symptoms of mood disorders and addictions. I also learned how valuable Mindfulness skills are, not only in helping clients cope with difficult thoughts and emotions, but living life with more awareness and purpose to the present moment. Along the way I also learned the value of other Evidence-Based Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy.
I then returned to the CED Outpatient clinic where I worked for 12 years applying these therapies to the clients I worked with. During those 12 years I also ran several adult DBT Skills groups which was one of the most fulfilling clinical experiences I've had in my professional life as a therapist.
I look forward to this next chapter of my professional life in private practice. I am excited to continue the work of helping people overcome the obstacles of mental illness, in order to live a more enriched and ultimately happier life.