Honestly, most of the time it's not knowing where to start or where to find a "good" therapist. I speak from personal experience of being handed a directory by my insurance company and having to close my eyes and pick someone that I did not know if I would have a good therapeutic connection with, let alone like.
You may find it helpful to know that I have a lot of experience being the client in a counseling relationship and fully understand what it feels like to sit at the other end of the table. I understand that the therapeutic relationship is one of implicit trust involving the deepest hurts and concerns about your life and I view this as a privilege that I take very seriously. I understand the need to feel understood and validated. My purpose in life and my passion is helping others reach their highest potential, so they can find their purpose and joy.
My therapeutic style involves meeting my clients where they are emotionally, discussing where they would like to be and breaking down their goals into attainable steps. I will also provide you with concrete tools wherever possible and to assist you in having a plan in place for the days between sessions, always moving at your most comfortable pace. I love taking a whole-person approach to treatment, understanding that the past plays a significant role in who we are while remaining rooted in the present to co-create a better present and future for my clients.
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.
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.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a condition that is precipitated by a perceived terrifying event. This event need not occur directly to the person but may happen vicariously—having seen something terrible happen to another person. The condition may last months or years while symptoms include ruminating thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, intense anxiety when triggered, and potential substance abuse in attempt to cope.
Sexual Harassment & Assault
Sexual harassment is more verbal in nature and entails offensive sexual remarks, unwelcome advances, and/or requests for sexual pleasantries. Sexual assault involves the action of any sexual behavior or contact that occurs without explicit consent or against the wishes of another. Both are unlawful and may lead toward potentially severe psychological distress.
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.
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.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
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.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Culturally Sensitive Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Masters Degree, Mental Health Counseling, Nova Southeastern University
Bachelors Degree, Psychology, Florida International University
I have a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University (2002) and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida. Since the beginning of my bachelor’s education I have been refining my skill in counseling others. I spent one year in practicum at the Sexual Assault Treatment Center working victims and non-offending family members of sexual abuse and assault prior to graduation. I then worked as a member of a trauma team for several years in Massachusetts and worked extensively with individuals who have faced significant trauma in their lives, those recovering from PTSD, and those who have had suicidal thoughts. I have had the pleasure of helping adults and teens who feel a complete lack of self esteem and was able to help them find hope and grow in confidence. I am well versed in the painful struggles of anxiety, depression, grief and loss.