It is important for people to have the awareness that therapy can not only assist you for the particular issue that you came in for today but that the skills and insight that you learn can be added to your "toolbox" on this unpredictable journey we call life. Therapy can help you develop an understanding of how and why we do the things we do, can help facilitate better communication between us and those in our lives and is the rare opportunity to be 100 % honest without worrying about the possibility you are being judged.
Just as all therapists are not the same I understand that each client is different. I have flexibility in adapting treatment to each individuals characteristics. I do not follow a rigid schedule of treatment, as in a "one size fits all" approach.
In a first session with my clients it is essential for me to learn what brought them into therapy at this time in their lives and what they are hoping to achieve from the therapeutic process. The first session is also the time in which I gather pertinent information about the clients history in order to get a picture of different life circumstances that have contributed to shaping them into who they are today. The client also is welcome to ask me any questions they might have about therapy, my experience in the field or how we will proceed together as a team.
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.
Involves a person sacrificing their needs to meet the needs of others. Their thoughts and actions center on a significant other, spouse, friend, or relative. Becomes an issue when relationships are unbalanced and unhealthy.
Familial relationships can be the source of stress and emotional pain, even in the healthiest of situations. Painful interactions can range from irritation to resentment and lead to feelings of guilt, disappointment, and anger.
Substance abuse is the intentional misuse of a substances (e.g., alcohol, prescription drugs, OTC medications, recreational and street drugs, household chemicals). This may include binge drinking or taking twice the prescribed dose of painkillers. For substances considered illegal and/or extremely detrimental to well-being, using even once may be considered substance abuse. Because of the addiction potential for many substances, abuse oftentimes leads to addiction.
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.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by persistent instability in relationships, extreme emotional reactions, and chronic fear of abandonment. People with this may also tend to be moody, experiencing a lot of high highs and low lows.
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.
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Abuse includes any significant mistreatment along the lines of psychical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and neglect. Survivors of abuse may experience negative thoughts and feelings, flashbacks, distrust of others, social withdrawal, self-harm, and increased likelihood of developing mental health and substance abuse issues.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Family Systems Therapy
FL, LMHC, MH10093
NY, LMHC, 010738
PA, LPC, PC012269
AZ, LPC, 19417
CA, LPCC, 9484
DE, LMHC, PC-0011061
Psy.D in Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Carlos Albizu University
MS in General Psychology, Carlos Albizu University
MS in Mental Health Counseling, Nova Southeastern University
I have been fortunate to have experienced work in many different arenas in the field of mental health. I began my work in a community hospital working with clients who had been diagnosed with mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. I worked simultaneously with clients who were hospitalized because their traumatic experiences had made it difficult for them to function productively without support. A large portion of my career has been practicing in the field of substance abuse where I was the clinical director for a privately owned treatment center for over 5 years. I have also always thoroughly enjoyed my work in private practice with a clientele population presenting with varying challenges that brought them in to seek my professional help. I have worked with professional athletes on improving focus, performance and motivation, couples counseling, family therapy as well as individual therapy.