Working for the Well-being of Individuals and Community
Registered Drama Therapist, RDT NADTA #686
Behavioral Health, MS in Psychology UOPX
It was not long after working with a community theatre, the New Freedom Theater, in Philadelphia following my undergrad at SUNY Albany (theatre major and music minor) that I realized my passion for the healing and therapeutic quality of the theatre and theater techniques. I also developed a love for community in my experiences with drama as a therapeutic tool in organizations such as in shelters, churches, revitalization events, nursing homes, summer programs, and such. The therapeutic connection and space for expression provided a sense of freedom and a refresh button for the participants. My love for healing, theatre, and community led to my career in drama therapy and psychology. More than a career, it is my purpose - my calling.
When learning that there was such a thing as drama therapy, I immediately enrolled in the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) Drama Therapy program which involved obtaining my master’s of science degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix.
Personal growth and a strong resilient inclusive community are a passion within my 25-year journey in this field as a playwright, director, community drama group leader & founder, drama instructor, summer program creative drama director, expressive arts facilitator, drum circle facilitator, program director of an adult day program, and drama therapist. As a drama therapist, I’ve worked with individuals and groups of young and older adults of various populations, needs and goals. My approach is client-centered and engages the whole person using evidence-based practices.