What is your main goal when working with a client?
My main goal when working with clients is to create a safe non-judgemental space in which the clients can be fully themselves. This safe space allows clients the freedom to explore their dreams, hurts, fears, and purpose of life itself. I invite the client into an open authentic relationship in order to encourage the client's open and authentic experience with the self, others, and the world.
What is your approach and what methods do you employ?
I use an eclectic approach based off of person-centered/existential theory, integrated with emotion-focused therapy.
What age groups do you most often work with?
I mostly work with teens and young adults.
Are you passive or active in the session, what can a client typically expect sessions to be like while working with you?
During sessions, I will have a purpose and direction and will act as a guide. The client will be very active during the session.
What is your background and what are your credentials?
I am now in my second year of a Master's program in Mental Health Counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary.
What is the reason you decided to get into counseling?
During my high school years, I had a mentor who was not only there for me in difficult and lonely times, but she also pushed me to grow. I decided that I wanted to help other teens in the way she helped me. I was drawn to an education in counseling because I want to be fully equipped and prepared for the lives and hearts I am entrusted with in my office.
Tell us about your education.
I graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences in December 2016. I started a Master's program at Asbury Theological Seminary in September 2017 and will graduate in May of 2020. Became a member of ACA in 2018.