My personal experiences with mental health have impacted the way that I approach therapy - I firmly believe that each individual client is the expert on their own lives and that I am simply a person who is helping them to explore new ways to approach things. So often I learn just as much from my clients as I hope they learn from me!
I believe that the biggest current barrier is accessibility. That's why I believe that telehealth is one of the biggest steps forward that our profession has taken in the past few years, which has obviously been accelerated by the pandemic. It is also why offering a sliding scale fee is so important to me - I have been in a spot where therapy was something I desperately needed and was lucky enough to live in a space where there was a therapist who offered a fee that I was able to afford.
That therapy is more about wellness than anything else. Doctors, psychiatrists, and similar professions approach things from the medical model - in other words, that there is a problem and a solution. I believe that therapy is more about finding what has worked in the past and how we can change what is going on currently to make things work better in the future; there isn't inherently a problem, and people often come to therapy to improve their lives even if there isn't something "wrong".
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.
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.
Source of communication challenges in circumstances and relationships that can have a negative impact on mental health. Misunderstandings and misinterpretations often lead to arguments in personal, platonic, or professional relationships.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Social anxiety or social phobia is fear of social situations or a fear of interacting with people other than close friends and family. Social anxiety can be persistent, intense, and debilitating, greatly affecting daily life.
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.
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
FL, LMFT, MT4193
Specialist of Education in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Florida
Master of Education in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Florida
Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology, University of North Florida
I have worked in many settings with children and their families, including an after school program, multiple high schools, a behaviorally focused school, and an inpatient hospital setting. I have also conducted many family, individual, and couples session in an outpatient therapy setting both at an agency and in private practice. I've developed the skills necessary to work with clients of all ages and backgrounds and I learn more with each session.
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