My Approach

Compassion, honesty, and humor are key aspects of my approach. I have a profound respect for the human spirit and believe that we all have the capacity to experience life meaningfully-- with purpose and joy. Unfortunately, life presents many challenges that can "get in the way." Therapy can provide essential insight and assistance towards healing and growth. 

My clients have described me as “genuine,” “down to earth”, and “effective.” Those who had been originally been intimidated or skeptical by the idea of “therapy” have told me that they were pleasantly surprised by how comfortable they were with me and how helpful the therapy was to them. I feel honored to work with people in helping them access their inner wisdom, develop skills to traverse life's trials, and hopefully experience less suffering and more happiness. 

Training & Experience

I have successfully treated adults and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), relationships, grief, illness, as well as other issues. I specialize in EMDR, a well-researched and effective treatment for trauma that is also effective in treating other issues. I am trained in many theraputic modalities and have participated in extensive post-graduate training. I also offer coaching

In addition to private practice, I have worked in university settings, community mental health, and employee assistance programs (EAPs) in Maine and New York City. I am licensed as a clinical social worker (LCSW) in Maine and New York and have been practicing psychotherapy for over a decade. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in corporate and non-profit settings. This experience has provided me a unique perspective on various workplace, career, and performance issues. 

M.S.W, L.C.S.W.

- Specializing in EMDR 
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Substance Abuse Treatment
- Critical Stress Management (CISM) 
- Coaching Training, Circle of Life 
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Austin Psychotherapy -Portland, Maine
96 India Street
Portland, ME 04101

Phone: (207) 772-2202, Ext. 3
Fax: (207) 772-2230
Telephone: (207) 772-2202