What is your main goal when working with a client?
I want to meet people where they are at and help build a relationship that a client can use for their own personal growth. Supporting and encouraging clients to find their purpose in a safe place is most beneficial in fostering growth and healing. “It’s a privilege to be able to bear witness to someone’s story when they may not have had the chance to tell it before.” Lindy Alexander.
What is your approach and what methods do you employ?
In order to have a successful counseling experience, it is pivotal to have a strong relationship at the very foundation. I begin to build this foundation through client-centered therapy as well as a relational approach to therapy. I take these approaches to help people become conscious of any patterns that may appear in their thoughts and or their feelings and emotions that they may have towards themselves. In order to uncover those patterns of thoughts and feelings with my clients, I first foster a safe environment for that to happen. Being able to meet my clients where they are in their walk is what allows me to walk alongside them.
What age groups do you most often work with?
I work with all ages ranging from 7-30. However, my primary focus is with individuals that are going through life transitions.
Are you passive or active in the session, what can a client typically expect sessions to be like while working with you?
I tend to be more engaged and active in a session, however, I can be passive when an empathetic ear is needed and a client simply needs to sit with their emotions. As my clients’ needs fluctuate, so will my responses with each session as well. To pin myself to one over the other would be limiting as I strive to tailor my sessions to each client. I want my sessions to be as organic as possible.
What is your background and what are your credentials?
I have volunteered with many different organizations involving at-risk children, teens, and young adults, as well as children and young adults with special needs. Volunteering with the different organizations not only ignited my passion for these individuals but also equipped me with a myriad of tools and techniques that prove to be beneficial in my counseling careers. These experiences helped me gain and glean so much knowledge that has given me the opportunity to become more knowledgeable in working in different situations and settings such as groups, families, and or individuals. I began pursuing my Master’s in Professional Counseling in the summer of 2017 and will be finished in the spring of 2019.
What is the reason you decided to get into counseling?
I have always had a heart for helping and serving those who I meet. Throughout college, I struggled with choosing a career that would allow me to best exemplify the hands and feet of Jesus. I took many classes in undergrad but it wasn’t until the first psychology class that I fell in love with counseling and all that it stands for. Counseling helped me find a way to feel as if I was following my purpose in life.
Tell us about your education.
I have a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida in Psychology. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling at Liberty University.