“Over the years, I've evolved my focus from mental illness, which affects a small segment of the population, to mental wellness, which affects everyone.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
When I returned from two tours in Vietnam, I was a lost soul suffering from PTSD. I began studying psychology at universities and working in mental health in a variety of settings, including inpatient, partial hospitalization, outpatient community centers, and corporate America. In 2010, I established the Community Mental Wellness Center, where I currently have a private practice. Over the years, I've evolved my focus from mental illness, which affects a small segment of the population, to mental wellness, which affects everyone.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our first meeting will be a get-to-know-each-other discussion. We will build a comfort level by sharing information and shifting the discussion to questions related to your current mental health issues, concerns, and potential courses of action. This session will conclude with an agreement that we both understand the problems and we can communicate comfortably. We will also schedule the next session. I will send an initial evaluation form for you to fill out and we will engage in a diagnostic discussion during our second session.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
The state of Florida assures quality mental health services by making continued learning a requirement of licensing. The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, offers CEUs in multiple topics, some required and some volunteer, which I utilize. I also subscribe to Psychotherapy Networker. My favorite source of education is researching topics related to my current clients’ needs, which I share and discuss during our treatment sessions.
“My favorite source of education is researching topics related to my current clients’ needs, which I share and discuss during our treatment sessions.”