“My primary goals are not only to listen and understand but to, more importantly, guide and empower you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a naturally born empathic being, my passion and purpose are simple: I enjoy helping others help themselves. Always a collaborative process, therapy with me is personalized and tailored to the unique needs of my clients. Depending on the situation, I can be both prescriptive (e.g., exercises, homework, techniques, workbooks, etc.) or less direct and more hands-off. Either way, I believe in a therapeutic relationship that is grounded in trust and unconditional positive regard within a judgment-free environment. As a psychotherapist, my primary goals are not only to listen and understand but to, more importantly, guide and empower you. Ultimately, it is my mission to motivate all of my clients while fostering their natural potential for growth and transformation.
What should someone know about working with you?
Based on an integrative case conceptualization, I passionately believe that the heart of counseling lies in the therapeutic relationship and the empowerment of all clients. Clinically, I intend to promote an environment that reconstructs and reinforces clients’ objectives while achieving the goals of wellness, resiliency, autonomy, and, eventually, self-efficacy. Theoretically, I counsel from a social constructivism paradigm, utilizing various cognitive and behavioral approaches within a transtheoretical framework. Ultimately, I believe in a holistic and integrative approach to counseling based on a strong therapeutic relationship from a wellness perspective.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I am an adjunct professor in the Department of Counselor Education at Florida Atlantic University where my research focuses on case conceptualization and deliberate practice. I also serve as an affiliate faculty member for the online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Northwestern University. My other research interests are in the areas of addiction prevention, counselor competence, and client outcomes. I have presented and published extensively in these areas, including an award-winning book chapter entitled, “Transpersonal Theory and Interventions within Spirituality and Religion in Counseling: Competency-Based Strategies for Ethical Counseling.”
“Clinically, I intend to promote an environment that reconstructs and reinforces clients’ objectives while achieving the goals of wellness, resiliency, autonomy, and, eventually, self-efficacy.”