About Therapist

Specializing in Child & Family Counseling & LGBT Therapy

social worker


I have been a family and child counselor for over 25 years, helping adults, kids and families through the different challenges of life by providing individual, couples and family counseling. I received an undergraduate degree in sociology, human sexuality, and women's studies, and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) at UNC at Chapel Hill. I earned my license as a clinical social worker (LCSW) in 2000.

I had the unique experience growing up as the daughter of a summer camp director. This rich experience shaped me; teaching me creativity, resourcefulness and a deep appreciation for people from all over the globe. As a result, I have developed an affinity for and focus on children, teens and their families. In counseling youth, I have had extensive training and experience with children and adolescent, and family issues and how to help parents with their children's struggles.

My practice, experience and education have also given me insight into sexuality concerns, including working with the gay community, LGBTQ issues and young people and adults' concerns related to sexual orientation, identity and coming out, as well as expertise in working with the many different aspects of addiction and/or substance abuse.

Pursuing therapy is not easy for most of us. You’ll find me a dynamic, interactive partner in sorting out the concerns that brought you to therapy. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease in the often difficult task of trusting someone with understanding the challenges you are facing. So, I am committed to being an active, compassionate listener that offers accepting, affirming and authentic interactions.

As a mental health therapist, I have helped people with many different concerns, such as being overwhelmed by feelings, thinking and behavior, including substance abuse or other behaviors that lend themselves to addiction. Though I have experience and training in many different areas, I think it is the feeling of being heard that makes therapy a significant and helpful experience. And though it’s sometimes hard to accept that you may need some help figuring things out, I’m a pretty down to earth person who knows that we all share in the need for help now and then.

Originally from the NY/NJ area, I have resided in and been providing counseling services in Raleigh for more than 25 years.

Learn more about my counseling, education and psychotherapy experience.

Owner of Change for Living Counseling PLLC(site link here)

child therapist



"Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful".

-Joshua J. Marine