About Me

Philosophy

I believe that we can change our own experience and overall fulfillment in life by developing a deeper understanding of ourselves and our behavior patterns.

When something painful happens leaving us feeling powerless and hurt we develop defenses to protect ourselves. When defenses become rigid patterns, what once protected us begins to work against us. Rigid defenses compromise our ability to love and be loved, to pursue our goals and to experience our self worth. The process of therapy is bringing these defenses into our conscious awareness so that we can let go of what is unhealthy and develop new ways of being so that we can experience fuller relationships with others and ourselves.

Education and Training

I received my Masters in Social Work in 1989 from New York University. I have experience working with adults and adolescents in school, psychiatric inpatient and outpatient settings. My clinical focus has been predominantly working with women with eating disorders and related issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, self esteem, identity and body image.

I trained in Family-Based Therapy (FBT) in 2003.  FBT is based on the principle that families have inherent strength and wisdom to help their daughters to get well and stay well. This approach boasts significantly higher rates of recovery and relapse prevention. My approach involves creating an outpatient ‘team’ to support the client in recovery that can include any combination of professionals including a medical doctor, psychiatrist, nutritionist and school counselors.

I also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 2011, I have incorporated this technique into my work with clients resulting in dramatic results. This approach is designed to release clients of the hold that old wounds/traumas have on their current functioning in a way that traditional ‘talk therapy’ often does not.

 

Therapeutic Approach

Each client receives a thorough psych-social assessment including detailed family and developmental history towards the goal of creating an individualized treatment plan. I do not use a one size fits all approach as no two people’s experiences are alike. My clients find my realness and emotional accessibility comforting.

I use a very interactive approach with clients.  You will find me to be a very active and engaged part of the process. I strive to create a therapeutic environment in which each client feels supported, respected and empowered.  My clients experience my office as a safe, compassionate place where they feel understood and supported. My approach is eclectic including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based meditation, neuroplasticity, EMDR and Family Based Therapy.

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Social Workers
National Eating Disorders Association



1958 Butler Pike Suite 404
Conshohocken, PA 19428

1601 Walnut Street Suite 1128
Philadelphia, PA 19102

mlrice22@gmail.com
610-513-5220

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