I have a Masters in Counseling Psychology since 1992 , and am a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Massachusetts. I am also Certified in Integrative Manual Therapy.
I have had the unique experience of working with Rehabilitation patients as both a Counseling Psychology Intern and later as a Massage Therapist. Many of my Internship's clients experienced intense spinal cord traumas as a consequence of substance abuse. As a result, I worked for five years as a Counseling Psychologist in Substance Abuse settings. This included patients who experienced Mental Health disabilities. In the late 90's I transitioned into working for Regional Physical Therapy in Connecticut. In this Rehabilitation setting, I worked over 11 years as a Bodyworker, or what we refer to as an Integrative Manual Therapist (IMT). Again, I saw patients recovering from intense trauma such as car collisions or other major accidents, many of whom were paraplegics or quadriplegics. Some -including animals- recovered from less intense orthopedic conditions such as injuries, surgeries or even toxic conditions and I worked on people experiencing the most common of conditions, Low Back pain. I experienced patients with health conditions such as Diabetes, or Asthma or digestive track problems such as Crohns or Irritable Bowell. I had both adults and children patients who showed a variety of neurological conditions such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, and cranial conditions such as Hearing or Vision impairments were common.
For over a decade I've had a Massachusetts based private IMT practice, including working with both kids and animals. During this time, I have received training in many different disciplines including nutritional therapies like Functional Medicine and Standard Process, or Homeopathic training with companies like Heel, and Seroyal. I believe that patients who supplement my body work with therapies such as these can add to their recovery. In my interest in trauma and it's psychological components I trained with the Canadian Foundation for Trauma Research & Education, or CFTRE.com. There I experienced a therapy called Self-Regulation Therapy, a therapy that is wonderful for getting physical changes even when working in the traditional psychology way of talking with patients. I am currently the Assistant Director of About Face Healing.Org, a non-profit collaborative of therapists taking body work to Veterans of War and their families.
Below I have listed other training's I have received. Underlined items have links.
Myofascial Release (MFR)
~ for connective tissues including bone.
*I have taught MFR for Dialogue for Contemporary Rehabilitation.*
Myofascial Release Advanced (MFR2)
~ for digestive track and organ tissues.
~ also for treatment of organs.
Cranio Sacral Therapy
~ for deeper myofascial layers covering the spine, brain and for head issues.
~ to help reducing congestion, swelling, or inflammation.
Muscle Restoration - both Strain-Counterstrain and Advanced Strain-Counterstrain
~ to restore muscle tone and reduce tightness of both superficial and deeper tissues such as vascular, lymph and internal organs.
~ to help reduce tensions in the nervous system especially outside of the spine.
Bone, Spine and Joints - includes Muscle Energy
~a technique the maintains Joint alignment. Also specific myofascial techniques to treat joints and bone.
Matrix Energetics and Mark Dunn's Systems
~ For energy system maintenance.
Psychological Oriented Training
Self Regulation Therapy
Somato-Emotional Release (SER)
Bioenergetics Body Oriented Psychotherapy