“I am one of the few professionals who are certified in Reset Therapy, which uses sound in order to treat PTSD.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have been doing professional counseling since 2008 when I was completing my doctorate in counseling psychology; I decided to go back to school at 53 and received my doctorate in 2009. Prior to counseling, I was a radiologic technologist and taught radiologic technology at one of the local community colleges. I also was involved in directing physician practices. At its peak, I had over 17 internal and family practices in the state of Florida. Dealing with managed healthcare enabled me to become an expert in managed healthcare (HMOs), and I started my own in the early 1990s. I was the CEO of a 40,000-member HMO, with over 350 employees, when I was made an offer that I could not refuse. Throughout my career, many people sought me out for career guidance and when the opportunity presented itself, I decided to return to school, which brought me to where I am today.
What should someone know about working with you?
I specialize in career counseling, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, general anxiety, depression, and panic disorder. I usually use CBT, solution-focused therapy (SFT), and reset therapy, a new method of therapy for PTSD. I am a Master Addiction Counselor and certified by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. I am Florida Supreme Court-certified in Family and Circuit Civil Mediation. In family mediation, I assist people in divorcing using mediation. I am certified in Collaborative Divorce as well, which uses a similar method but with attorneys and financial experts. I am one of the few professionals who are certified in Reset Therapy, which uses sound in order to treat PTSD. Reset Therapy is an alternative to EMDR, and it works well in many people plagued by PTSD.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I take different courses that interest me and that will broaden my scope of practice.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Since my initial orientation and schooling were not in counseling, I bring a lot of world experience to the sessions. Making decisions does not come easily to most and a lack of understanding or knowledge may become critical in many situations. Reading between the lines is a must for many when a decision can be a life-changing event.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I believe Telehealth is the new wave of the future. Not having to come to an office allows the client to be seen from the comfort of their home. Being comfortable is paramount when talking to people and finding out what brought them to seek help.
“Reset Therapy is an alternative to EMDR, and it works well in many people plagued by PTSD.”