Change your world from within.
Heal echoes from the past.
Unlock your potential for happiness.
Better understand yourself.
Communicate more meaningfully.
Strengthen your connections.
Build bonds that last.
Restore a sense of well-being.
Create the life you want.
It's possible, and it's my joy to partner with clients to guide them toward creating connections within and with others.
For over 20 years I've enjoyed my role as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Fertility Specialist. It's rewarding work. Today I work with individuals and couples on a range of topics, from mental health and life transitions to relationships and family building. My academic and professional experience has provided a fantastic base for this. I work from an Attachment-Based Therapy philosophy, using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) among my blend of modalities. For a little more insight on the spirit of my approach, please take a look at why I chose the dandelion motif for my logo.
I earned my Master's degree in Education, Counseling and Human Behavior, from George Mason University, where I graduated first in my class. Among my professional experiences, I worked as Counselor with the seriously mentally ill (SMI) population and their families, provided support in a domestic violence shelter for women, and was employed at the U.S. Department of Justice as the primary in-house Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Counselor. I've been a Teaching Assistant for the George Mason Psychology Group Therapy 101 class and have led the Group Therapy lab portion of the class.
Ongoing education is important to me, and I'm currently working toward certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for the relationship and marriage counseling I provide. I have completed the EFT Core Skills and Externships with with the Washington-Baltimore EFT Center toward this. I have also completed both levels required as an EFT therapist for individuals (EFiT) through the International Center for Excellence in EFT (ICEEFT). Additional continuing education revolves around sex therapy, trauma, couples work and continuing to fine-tune EFiT approaches for individuals.
FERTILITY & FAMILY BUILDING
In addition to my General Practice, I also specialize in Family Building via assisted reproductive technology (ART) or adoption. Years after becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor I suffered as an infertility patient. After I was resolved with my family-building choices, I incorporated into my practice work to educate, support and improve the field of Reproductive Psychology in hopes of offering what I felt was missing. I screen potential egg or sperm donors for fertility clinics, coach individuals and couples on conceptions disclosure and assist in the many decisions and ripple effects so often accompanied with family building struggles.
I have been working with individuals and couples dealing with Family Building for 20 years. I regularly speak on topics such as the emotional aspects of infertility and donor gamete family building. I have appeared as an expert guest discussing donor egg on a UK morning television talk show. I am Founder and Host of the online radio show, "The Fertility Forum," and I served as the Mental Health Director for the Eastern Region of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association for several years.
Psychological Assessments Administration for the MMPI-2 & PAI
Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) Core Skills & Advanced Core Skills
Level 1 & Level 2: Emotion Focused Therapy for Individuals (EFiT)
Brief Therapy I, II, III
Professional Positions & Memberships
American Society of Reproductive Medicine
American Mental Health Counseling Association
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association - Mental Health Director for the Eastern Region
Give An Hour - counseling to our soldiers and their families
American Psychological Association
"When someone is courageous and motivated enough to commit to themselves,
it's the beginning of positive change."
~ Phyllis Fortunato, M.Ed., LPC & Fertility Counselor