“I treat and work with my clients as I would want to be treated.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Florida State University in 2003 and a master’s degree in social work from Barry University in 2005. Upon graduation, I worked with at-risk youth, providing family therapy to clients who were facing court-ordered treatment. I used the functional family therapy (FFT) treatment model while working with adolescents, families, and those with substance abuse or addiction. I then transitioned to the inpatient hospital setting to provide intensive grief counseling to clients and their families. It has always been my passion to work with the geriatric population; this is a passion that was present early on in my social work studies. It gave me the opportunity to help a oft-forgotten population work through their most difficult transitions in life. My work remained in the inpatient hospital setting until 2016, when I made the decision to start my own private practice and opened PalmCoast Therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process is an initial quick phone call to ensure my services are a good fit for the client. After that, we will schedule a session and there are three standard intake forms to complete. I don't have one specific type of client I prefer working with; I enjoy working with all types of clients, provided that it's a good fit.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I participate in continuing education on a regular basis to ensure I am staying current on the treatment modalities and providing the best services I can to my clients.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I treat and work with my clients as I would want to be treated. I work on self-reflection on a weekly basis to make sure I am always growing as a practitioner and remaining open, nonjudgmental, and empathetic in my practice.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm excited about the emerging presence of telehealth but also about all of the attention and focus that mental health has been receiving, as I feel that it is helping to reduce the stigma.
“I work on self-reflection on a weekly basis to make sure I am always growing as a practitioner and remaining open, nonjudgmental, and empathetic in my practice.”