“I work toward establishing a strong, compassionate, and collaborative relationship with each client.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After several years as a high school and college teacher, I decided to take some courses in family therapy. This led me to leave the teaching profession to work toward a graduate degree in family therapy. I have been in private practice in Florida for over 30 years, president of the Counseling Resource Center, Inc for most of that time, and in solo practice for the last three years. I am passionate about my work and my clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
I prefer to have a brief and complimentary consultation with potential clients to assess compatibility. If we are both agreeable to setting up a therapy appointment at a mutually-agreeable time, paperwork is sent. I like working with all types of people but understand that some folks have criteria for their therapist and we do not all fit. Providing psychoeducation (books, workbooks, and homework) sometimes aids in personal development.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
In addition to the required courses for relicensure, I take advantage of further educational opportunities in person and online, read books and journals, and meet with other clinicians for monthly supervision and training.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Being a member of two minorities has greatly shaped my views regarding my experience in the world and the experiences of others. I continually check with clients to make certain that I am seeing their lives through their eyes (rather than mine), and I take courses on cultural diversity.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I integrated telehealth early on in my practice and in 2019, I started practicing solely online. The enjoyment, flexibility and confidentiality has suited me and my clients. I refer to others I know in the community if this aspect of my practice is not desired. My continuing education and reading includes information on the treatment of trauma and its effects on adult relationships. Healing from trauma is essential to a good relationship.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
In addition to the research and writing I did to complete my PhD in family therapy, I continued to teach, supervise, and write about the topics of family therapy, couples therapy, BSFT, and CBT.
“I focus on their lives, needs, and vision for living their best lives.”