Rebecca is a board-certified art therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. Rebecca received a Master’s degree from the College of New Rochelle in New York. The College of New Rochelle offered a research-based program, as well as a certificate program in thanatology (dying, death, grief, mourning and bereavement) directed by Dr. Kenneth Doka, a senior consultant for the Hospice Foundation of America. Rebecca's focus in graduate school was pediatric palliative and hospice care, which was influenced by her involvement as an undergraduate at Arcadia University in the Pennsylvania Pediatric Palliative and Hospice Care task force. During graduate school, Rebecca completed an internship in both pediatric and adult psychiatric state-run facilities in the Bronx, NY. Her yearlong internship was on Hackensack University Medical Center's Pediatric Oncology and Hemotology unit within the Child Life department providing art therapy and medical play for patients.
Following graduation, Rebecca worked in a group private practice and a residential facility, partial hospitalization program (PHP), and an intensive outpatient program (IOP) with primary diagnosis of eating or feeding disorders. Rebecca is working toward her certification as an eating disorder specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). Rebecca remains passionate about working with trauma survivors and beginning to utilize and expanding her experience with play therapy approaches.
As a board-certified art therapist, Rebecca integrates creative expression into sessions whenever clients express interest. While working with clients having the primary diagnosis of an eating or feeding disorder, Rebecca has utilized Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), cognitive restructuring, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and exposure and response prevention (ERP). Rebecca is trained to provide meal support and aide families in rebuilding boundaries and trusting relationships. Utilizing common mechanisms and theories as in Common Factor theory, Rebecca supports clients in accomplishing desired change. Rebecca continues to increase her knowledge of Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) as well as obtaining training in Interpersonal Social Rhythm Theory (IPSRT).