A client will realize success in the healing experience when they are at peace with the decisions that they have made for themselves based on the information, tools and resources they have received while in therapy. A clients readiness to change relies solely on them, and success determined when they are satisfied with their choices in a way that shows a higher level of functioning in the goals that they have set for themselves.
The path of counseling was not one that I chose, but instead was chosen for me by God. Counseling is my calling...and was always a very natural part of who I was, and still am today. I do what I do because it is a part of my purpose. It is an integal part of me
One of the biggest themes that I see in working with people who have experienced trauma is a deep fear and avoidance of connecting to the painful memories of the past. It is that avoidance, that keeps people stuck in a vicious cycle of torment that bleeds over into other areas of their lives. Until you can face the demons of the past and feel, the wounds that have been avoided and numbed for years then true healing cannot happen. This is how I guide my clients in doing thier work to overcome the trauma wounds that are creating negative coping patterns in their everyday lives.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Regular involvement with a substance or activity in a compulsive, hard to control way that often has harmful consequences. Often refers to substance use, but can include compulsive behaviors such as sex, gambling, or shopping.
Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) causes a hard time focusing attention and controlling restless or impulsive behavior. People with ADHD might have emotional outbursts, be forgetful, and/or find it difficult to stay organized.
It's normal to experience anger at times, but for some, it becomes so frequent, intense, or difficult to control that it negatively affects their life. Anger management is a structured therapeutic approach toward reducing one’s anger to a point where more appropriate coping and/or conflict management skills are used. Beliefs and thoughts leading toward anger outbursts are explored while healthy coping and interpersonal skills are put into practice.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Structural Family Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Pastoral & Faith Based Counseling
FL, LMFT, MT3557
FL, LMHC, MH15620
Masters Degree, Mental Health and Marriage and Family Counseling, Webster University
Bachelors of Arts and Science, Sociology, Florida A & M Univerisity
I began my work history in a residential program for at risk youth who were adjudicated for criminal offenses and substances abuse related issues. My love for the kids and my desire to help them overcome their behavioral and emotional battles led me to work in residential programs with adults (who also suffered from) addiction and trauma related issues. When I look at my specialities and how they were honed in the residential programs and rehabs of my community I am humbled that I get to continue my journey of helping individuals, families, couples, and communities heal . As a trauma informed therapist with a background in addictions, and co-occurring disorders I have taken experience into the institutions of schools (through my work with adolescents in the school system with trauma issues, family issues, emotional regulation issues etc.), private practice (doing trauma and substance abuse groups, and working with individual, couples, and families, intensive outpatient practices, and now telehealth therapy.
Remote Therapist, Crystal River, 34428, FL