I have lived most of my life in Rappahannock County, Virginia, and consider this count to be my forever home. My family moved here as part-timers in 1958 and I graduated from Rappahannock County High School in 1974. I then left for 24 years as I pursued education and career. I received my PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Missouri in 1985 after which I was a professor at VA Tech for a couple of years, and then a tenured Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University until 1998. It was at this point that I made a big decision, namely to return to my roots here in Rappahannock, and move from being an academic to being a psychotherapist in our region.
For the past 18 years, I have worked in Winchester, Front Royal, and Manassas, providing counseling to individuals and families from those areas. I found my passion as a therapist where I was able to blend my expertise in understanding relationships and stress with an opportunity to help those who are suffering from all that life imposes upon them. I truly love what I do and at this time, I cannot imagine being anything else.
In late 2018, I decided to move a private practice to Washington, Virginia, in the heart of Rappahannock. This has been a major move for me, as I no longer commute and I have the privilege of working with those near and dear to me, in my own community, who are suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, and coping with life transitions that present so many challenges. This truly is a privilege for me to be here amongst my own.
Another critical reason I now provide counseling in Rappahannock County is because we have so few services within easy driving distance. While working elsewhere, it seemed like so often I saw clients from our county who had driven 30 minutes to over an hour for our appointments. It seemed logical that I move back home, making counseling available locally.
Although Psychology and counseling are my passion, I do have other interests that fit with where I live. My home is here in the county where I have horses and dogs. During the recent past, I have trained and competed horses in Horse Trials and 3-Day events across the East Coast. I also have raised and shown dogs over the years. While I am passionate about my four-legged friends, I no longer train and compete. Rather I enjoy them, including my Golden Retriever, Roxy, as well as my horses, Sapito, Mo, and Rico. My free time is now taken up with enjoying family and friends, and watercolor painting in my studio not far from my office in Washington, Virginia.