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My journey to becoming a therapist started at the age of four when I first stepped foot into Ms. Simon’s office.  Ms. Simon was a family therapist and it was here that I felt welcomed and safe.  It was a place of respite during the time of my parents’ divorce. In her office, expression and individuality was encouraged while boundaries were maintained with loving care. Although I can only recall a few visits to her office, the experience was life changing.

I held that experience close to my heart throughout my childhood and adolescent years. During my school years, my teachers always recognized me for “helping others”.  I carried this empathy and respect for each person’s human experience as I matured which led me to study psychology in college.

I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have focused my career on supporting children, adolescents and families. My goal is to provide a safe space for you and your family where you will feel deeply supported throughout your journey.

I have worked with children and families in a variety of settings since 2003, including outpatient settings, schools, residential treatment centers, and inpatient hospital settings. I am skilled in supporting children and families experiencing challenging life transitions such as illness and divorce, recovery from neglect and abuse, marital/relationship problems, single-parenting issues, blended families, and families of children affected by autism and related disorders.

As a new mother, I am passionate about supporting women and couples as they prepare for parenthood. After the birth of our daughter I was inspired to create Bring Back the Village to help families build a strong foundation, maintain healthy attachments with their children, strengthen friendship between partners and encourage a nurturing environment for their children to thrive. As a step-parent, I am also dedicated to supporting blended families as they traverse the unfamiliar landscape of step-parenting. Parenting is no easy task. Feeling prepared physically, emotionally and spiritually can help create a smooth transition for you, your baby and your family.

I am deeply honored to walk beside you as you embark on this journey. I use an eclectic approach to my practice through a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) , Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindfulness, and Attachment Based Therapy as well as incorporating concepts of somatic based therapies for an integrated approach to healing. I am currently enrolled in the Prenatal and Perinatal Educator (PPNE) Certificate Program through the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPAH). I am a Gottman Trained “Bringing Baby Home” Educator and member of the Postpartum Health Alliance.

In addition to my dedication to training and education, I have also cultivated my passion for yoga and mindfulness based practices. Doing so has enabled me to be more present for myself and others. When I’m not in the office or on the mat you can find me enjoying a nature walk with my husband and our ever-curious daughter, Ella.

Inspiration Behind Bring Back the Village

Incoronata

Italian in origin
Meaning: “to crown”.
Often referring to the crowning of the Virgin Mary.

Incoronata Morsella was born in 1903 in a small farming village located in central Italy. She is my great-grandmother, my hero and the inspiration for creating Bring Back the Village. I had the amazing opportunity to know and love her for 18 years of my life. She left her physical body at the age of 95 but her spirit lives on in me and through my offerings at Bring Back the Village.

She was a midwife in her village, she embodied strength, taught us the importance of being of service to others and that simply being present for one another is enough. Oh, and there’s nothing a bowl of Pastina can’t cure!

She grew all her food in her garden, made pasta from scratch, taught me how to pick the stems off of string beans and let me eat as many figs from the fig tree as my heart desired. But she was more than just a nurturing great-grandmother, she was the pillar of our family. She was the gatekeeper of our family’s culture and it’s traditions. We carry her in our heart, always.

As a mother, I am in awe of her spirit and strength. She kept moving forward, no matter what hardships she encountered, she simply kept going. She suffered the loss of two babies; a daughter shortly after birth and a son at the age of 4. She raised her two daughters as a single parent for many years while her husband traveled to the United States to establish citizenship for his family. She left everything she knew and loved; her parents, her village, her role as midwife and traveled to the United States to create a new life for her family. In 1948 she waved goodbye to her village, boarded a boat with her teenage daughters and made the 10 day journey to Ellis Island. Without knowing the language, the customs, or even how to use a stove she began to establish her new life as an American.

The amount of love and compassion in her heart was magical. I feel blessed to have shared 18 years of my life with her. It is my intention to embody her teachings of strength, compassion and dedication to those in need through my offerings at Bring Back the Village.  I am honored to be on this journey with all of you.

Thank you, “grandma with the short legs”. Hope to catch a visit from you in my dreams!

Love,
Gina

“The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small.”
-Mother Teresa

To schedule an appointment please contact me at 619-752-4529 or fill out the contact form.

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