Colleen earned a BS degree from Hahnemann University in 1989. While working in the field of community mental health, Colleen earned a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University in 1994. She is a certified School Social Worker in the State of NJ. After completing three years post-graduate clinical work and requirements, Colleen obtained her LCSW, (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) in the State of New Jersey.
Through the years, Colleen as had experience with psychiatric, medical, rehabilitative, children’s partial care, school systems, and outpatient social work services. During that time, Colleen has worked with almost every age group, and specializes and enjoys working with children and teens. For the last 6 years, Colleen has worked for the Diocese of Camden, Catholic Charities, as a school therapist. This has been a very gratifying and humbling experience to work with children and partner with families to provide the tools necessary for academic, social, and emotional growth and resiliency.
Colleen’s Approach to Helping
To take that initial step to say, “I/we need help” is a very brave and daunting task. As a clinician, I feel honored to join you on this journey of healing. Counseling provides the insight necessary to work on the issues that are a barrier between you and living your best life. It is in doing the ‘work’ and using the ‘tools’ that individuals and families will see the ripple effect of change throughout life.
The techniques of sand tray and play therapy can be incorporated with other modalities to provide supportive interaction and enhance communication for children, adolescents, teens, families, and individuals. The use of humor and joy also goes a long way in reconnecting to the ‘true’ self, and strengthening family bonds.
An area of strong interest is Adoption and Attachment, and the issues and concerns that arise for all members of the Triad.