“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
As a young child I was interested in spiritual matters. Raised in a strict Catholic home I was exposed to the rituals and doctrine of our church. I carried this interest into high school and college. I signed up for theology courses and committed myself to studies of the Bible and associated courses. The pursuit of my graduate degree in educational psychology proved to be a logical and fulfilling endeavor. I felt compelled to pursue what I felt was my mission or my calling which was to help people in any and all facets of their lives.
I have worked with death row inmates, alcoholics, and other addicts. I am particularly sensitive to how chronic pain can lead to addiction and to cycles that are overpowering. My clients have included corporate managers at leading tech firms as well as HIV-positive patients on the continuum from testing all the way to the end of life.
While I have lived and worked in Ohio, Texas and North Carolina, my heart is in Sicily where my father’s family originated. When I was lucky enough to travel to Italy, I found a palate, urban fabric, landscape and soundtrack that resonated down to my toes.
Kathi, Jacob & Sarah
The pain and beauty of both infertility and adoption opened my soul to the meaning of complete redemption and resurrection. In parenting my children, my deepest vulnerabilities are exposed at the ever-changing intersection of dependence and independence.
When I was 25, I met Albert Ellis, the founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. As I toured him around Cleveland, he turned to me and said, “What do you think is the meaning of life?” I was stumped. College and graduate school hadn’t supplied me with this. He said, “It is to find joy.” I pondered this for many years, but it wasn’t until I worked toward my Doctor of Ministry degree that I was able to articulate this search in a way that allowed me to help others through it.
All my life I was touched by alcoholism and addiction. I live to serve the community in memory and honor of those I've lost to the scourge of the disease. Because of my own experiences, I’m particularly sensitive to those who are vulnerable to violence, poverty or powerlessness because of their situation in life. For the sake of those I might be able to help, I have held myself to the highest standard in training. Every case I take on has pushed me to learn, study and train with the help of the latest theories in the field. My master thesis at Texas A&M University studied the relationship between aerobic physical fitness and self-actualization. I have worked in the counseling and peer advisor programs at the university level as well as being on the first HIV anonymous testing facility team in Cleveland, Ohio. I delivered and processed with patients the difficult and often tragic results of their HIV test.
While living in Ohio I worked in private practice where I conducted group, individual and family therapy with couples, children and adults. I developed a seminar on stress management and have conducted full day workshops on the “Freedom of Dieting”. I have also worked at Ohio State University diagnosing and assessing traumatic brain injury patients.“ No matter what....it is with God, He is gracious and merciful. His way is thru love, in which we all are it is truly a supreme love. ”
~ John Coltrane
For a period of time I worked at the city, state and county government levels in various mental health positions focusing on group and individual therapy at all levels. I also held a position as a case manager with the Wake County Mental Health Department. As I broadened my background at the private practice level, I was able to specialize in forensics and often provided expert witness testimony. For a period of time I stepped out of private practice and took a position as a staff psychologist at the women’s maximum security prison in Raleigh, NC., running multiple women’s support and behavioral change programs for the inmates.
Now, with over 25 years experience in the clinical practice of psychology, I have been treating individuals, couples and families with a specialization in art and group therapy. I have found that there is a distinct difference between coaching and therapy. However, my work as a psychotherapist contributes to my effectiveness as a trained health coach.
In addition to my clinical experience I have served as V/Pres. of Marketing & Development for the Highlands Organization. In this capacity we assessed corporate needs and developed appropriate services which addressed client needs within each organization. I also worked with Cisco Systems on a ‘return on investment study’ designed to increase individual and team productivity with various departments.
I have enjoyed tremendous success with my clients and will work to help you achieve significant and sustainable behavioral change with the understanding that change is a process, not an event. I am committed to providing the highest quality coaching while adhering to the highest ethical standards.
We will work together to change the BOTTOM LINE!