My path to becoming a therapist was more of happenstance. I believed I would entered the US military, complete 20 years and retire. Life had other plans. The journey's through my career and life led to me to realize that numerous others came to me to seek advice and once my grandmother was diagnosed with stage IV cancer and I became her caretaker it increase my passion to help others.
I believe it is important to know that I pride myself on integrity, hard work, ethics and uphold confidentiality to the highest standards. I focus on each of my clients and want to see each one reach their full and maximum potential.
I view one of the key components of the therapeutic relationships as building rapport and establishing a thrusting open therapist/client relationship.
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.
Adolescent mental health
Adolescent mental health focuses on adolescent-specific experiences including physical and cognitive development, social and environmental factors, sex, sexual identification and orientation, emotional processing, and substance use. Given the influence that parents/guardians have on adolescents, home life is a particularly important consideration.
Autism spectrum disorder
A developmental disability that impacts communication and behavior. Onset typically occurs during early childhood, but an individual may be diagnosed at any point in life. Severity of the disorder varies along a spectrum. Accordingly, challenges associated with verbal and nonverbal communication, interpersonal interactions, and restricted/repetitive behaviors vary as well.
An ongoing effort to harm someone, physically or emotionally, based on perceived weakness. Commonly associated with childhood but can occur at any age. Could also take the form of sexual harassment or gossip.
Veterans’ issues involve any issues associated with veterans and/or their family members (military families). Veterans oftentimes present with issues that are unique to the human experience. PTSD, suicide, and substance use prevalence are high with this population as a result of immense stress and trauma. Other issues may include adjustment to civilian life, re-integrating with family, medical care, mental health treatment, employment, and finances.
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.
Workplace issues are a common source of stress and can include interpersonal conflict, communication problems, gossip, harassment, discrimination, low motivation and job satisfaction, performance issues, and poor job fit.
Concerns that impact school performance or academic life. Can include perfectionism, bullying, financial stress, academic transitions, test anxiety, balancing school with other responsibilities, discrimination, or harassment.
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)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cold Weather/mass evacuation
LGBTQ Teen training
FL, LMHC, MH13651
MA, Mental Health Counseling, Webster University
MBA, Webster University
I have been in the behavioral health field for over 11 years. I am a military veteran, educator and administrator. I have worked with children, teens, adults and veteran during individual sessions as well as in groups. Over the years in practice I have worked with teens with ASD diagnosis, ADHD, anxiety, depression, stress, peer relationship concerns, behavioral/school issues. I have expertise working with individuals diagnosed with or experiencing psychosis. Each individual will be met with care and guidance.
PO Box 3657, Lake Wales, 33859, FL