“As your counselor, I will encourage and support you to explore the resources, answers, and strengths within to develop the goals and solutions that work best for you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Prior to becoming a counselor, I worked in advertising sales. I always enjoyed meeting new people, identifying their needs, and collaborating to find solutions that worked best for them. I felt a sense of fulfillment helping my clients reach their goals and realized I wanted to focus more on this process with individuals in a therapeutic setting. I left the corporate world, completed graduate school, and gained invaluable experience as a counselor working with college students at a university, with adolescents in a middle school, with court-mandated individuals in sex offender treatment, and with trauma survivors in private practice. My interest in teaching and giving back to the field of counseling led me to further my education. I completed my PhD in counselor education and supervision and currently teach and supervise graduate counseling students. I am trained in EMDR. I am also a qualified supervisor, certified clinical mental health counselor, and nationally-certified counselor.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that you are the expert on your own life. As your counselor, I will encourage and support you to explore the resources, answers, and strengths within to develop the goals and solutions that work best for you. Together, we will examine how important events and relationships in your past may resurface in current cognitive, interpersonal, and behavioral patterns. We will identify how these patterns may lead to feelings of overwhelm, difficulty managing stressors or emotions, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. Working together, we will also develop new patterns and ways of relating to others outside of therapy.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I believe education, consultation, and building a professional network have been important activities that continue to increase my competencies as a provider. In addition to a PhD in counselor education and supervision, I have completed qualified supervisor training, which designates me as an approved supervisor for registered interns in Florida who are seeking hours for licensure. I have completed various other training in areas that include multicultural competencies, neurobiology of trauma, EMDRIA-approved EMDR training, DBT, and ACT. I am working toward certification as a trauma specialist as well. I am interested in learning more about the effects of trauma and how I can best support my clients using various evidence-based treatments.
“Working together, we will also develop new patterns and ways of relating to others outside of therapy.”