What is your main goal when working with a client?
My main goal when working with a client is to provide a safe and open space for them to openly explore their problems and develop tools and habits to help them reach their goals.
What is your approach and what methods do you employ?
I would say that my approach is eclectic. I believe that the counselor/client relationship is very important and I use a variety of methods that best meet my client’s needs. My foundation is based on cognitive behavioral therapy, but I tailor what I do to what works best for my client. I see therapy as a partnership where the counselor and client work together to help the client find healing and hope. I do like to use hands-on types of therapy such as play therapy and art therapy.
What age groups do you most often work with?
I work with teenagers the most, but I do have experience with all ages.
Are you passive or active in the session, what can a client typically expect sessions to be like while working with you?
Whether I am passive or active in a session depends on what the client’s needs are. My client can always expect to receive empathy, acceptance, and a judgment-free experience in each session. I believe in working with my clients to help them walk through their pain and struggles and to develop the tools and resources necessary to make the changes they need in their life to be healed and healthy.
What is your background and what are your credentials?
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. My journey first started in 2006 as a Youth Director at a church and realized that the teens and parents I ministered to need more help than what my education and experience were so I went back to get my Master’s degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. During that time I also gained experience working with teen girls in the areas of conflict resolution, anger management, substance abuse, and low self-esteem.
I continued my counseling journey by doing intensive in-home counseling for families with youth at risk of being placed out of the home or who had just been placed back into the family home. I have also worked with parents that have substance abuse issues that resulted in DCF involvement and helped them overcome their addictions to become reunited with their children.
I have spent two years of my life living overseas. One year living in England where I helped develop a drug education program for high school students that we taught in the schools around Liverpool. The second year I spent 11 months in 11 different countries doing a wide array of mission work such as teaching English, farming, camps for kids, working with homeless populations and encouraging missionaries.
What is the reason you decided to get into counseling?
My teenage years were very tough for me and I struggled with anger and depression from the brokenness I had experienced in my life. I wanted so much in that time to have a person in my life to talk to and to help me. As I began to work with teenagers I realized that my purpose and calling were to bring hope and healing to those who feel broken. I had always been interested in helping others with their problems but did not know how to make that a career in my early college years. Once I understood the job of a counselor I knew that was what I wanted to do for a career. I love being able to come alongside someone and help them come out of the darkness into hope and healing.
Tell us about your education.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication from Flagler College in 2004 and my Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2008.