“I have a knack for reflecting back the thoughts and feelings of clients in a way that helps them make sense of their lived experiences.”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?
I studied psychology as an undergraduate and went on to complete a master’s in clinical social work. I started my career at a local youth shelter as a social work intern and went on to become an outpatient therapist with a local nonprofit, serving adolescents in their schools and homes. Then, I completed a certification in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy to support youth with trauma exposure. While starting my private practice, JoyfulMind Therapy, I expanded my scope to include geriatric clients in assisted living facilities and joined the on-call pool of licensed clinical social workers for the local mobile crisis unit, providing crisis stabilization services to three surrounding counties. I worked with the local school district as a school social worker and provided consultative support to local schools while working in private practice on a part-time basis. Today, I work full-time in private practice and am certified in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
I have a gentle approach and strive to meet you where you are. I have a knack for reflecting back the thoughts and feelings of clients in a way that helps them make sense of their lived experiences. I offer education, when appropriate, to help clients begin to loosen the areas where they might be feeling stuck. I offer training and experience with CBT, mindfulness-based practices, narrative therapy, and more. I may also assign homework when appropriate and upon request. When working with couples, I use the Gottman Method because I am a certified Gottman therapist. Couples can expect to complete an intake assessment before treatment begins to ensure I am providing the best treatment possible. Couples will have access to online educational modules to supplement their treatment.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I participate in ongoing training and education throughout the year. I am certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and I am a Gottman Method Couples Therapist. I am also a clinical supervisor for registered social work interns in the state of Florida.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have been studying meditation and mindfulness for over 12 years and many of these practices show up in my therapeutic style. I am open and accepting of all cultures, religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities. I like to keep an open line of communication with clients and am willing to adjust my style to meet your needs. Please advocate for yourself and your needs in session — I will do my very best to support you.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about trauma-informed care practices and always looking to improve my therapeutic style to be a better advocate for clients.
“Please advocate for yourself and your needs in session — I will do my very best to support you.”