I enjoy helping individuals to create a place of compassion and support so healing and change can begin. Balancing life’s pressures and demands can feel overwhelming! The struggle to keep up when experiencing setbacks and hurt can be quite challenging. I am experienced in working with individuals and families of all ages and backgrounds and am passionate about creating a safe space to assist you in working through your obstacles and setbacks. My approach to therapy is holistic, humanistic, and interpersonal. I incorporate a variety of modalities to assist in your growth, with cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused techniques employed in my practice, primarily.
Setting goals or having an action plan is important so that progress and growth can be monitored during therapy. I always like to hear from my clients about what they want to get out of therapy. I want to learn about their hopes and expectations, as well as their motivation level for working with me on making some necessary changes. I am interested in what my clients feel is holding them back, and what has worked for them in the past. Specific, realistic, clear, and measurable goals are then identified and broken down into steps or chunks so that they feel achievable and not so overwhelming. Progress is tracked at each session, and obstacles are addressed. The objectives can certainly be tweaked or changed as we continue along, as needed.
Yes, in all of my years of therapeutic practice, I have found that people genuinely want to be heard and validated. Quite often, many clients feel as if they don't know who they can turn to and trust. They may be hesitant to open up to others and they are concerned with confidentiality issues. Others struggle with pinpointing what they are actually feeling and experiencing and need help with identifying emotions and areas of concern. As a counselor, I ask questions, listen, and help my clients understand how their perceptions, beliefs, behaviors, and events from the past all influence their current frame of mind and set of circumstances.
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.
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.
Behavioral disorders involve a pattern of disruptive behaviors that cause problems in school, at home, and in social situations. Can include hyperactivity, impulsivity, defiant behavior, chronic patterns of aggression, defiance, disruption, and/or hostility.
Coping skills are tools and techniques one can learn, practice, and use to handle difficult emotions, decrease stress, and establish or maintain a sense of internal order.
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.
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.
Caregiver stress & support
Caring for a friend or family member (paid or unpaid) includes emotional support, housework, help with finances, medication management, and shopping. Can be stressful, making caregivers more vulnerable to things like anxiety, isolation, and fatigue.
College & graduate student issues
Issues arising from being in a new environment or away from home for the first time. College-aged kids have the highest rates of mental illness, suffering things like stress, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and substance abuse.
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.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Family Systems Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Trained in Applied Behavior Analysis
FL, LMHC, MH18854
M.A., Counseling, Palm Beach Atlantic University - Orlando Campus
M.S., Psychology, University of West Florida
B.A., Psychology, Flagler College
I have been helping others in the therapeutic setting for over 13 years and have experience doing in-home and online counseling with teenagers and young adults, as well as parent training. In addition, I have worked in various academic settings and have a school guidance background in advising elementary school-aged children, middle school tweens, and high school students. I understand the struggles of peer pressure (both negative and positive), self-esteem frustrations, puberty ordeals, family conflict, academic concerns, living with a physical impairment and limitations, and many other worries of being a teen. These stressors can take a toll and contribute to behavior and mental health issues. I have also worked with individuals of all ages who are experiencing adjustment disorders, anxiety and depressive symptoms, defiance issues, ADHD, ASD, etc., and I have helped many people who have experienced physical trauma and/or emotional abuse. In addition, I taught in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department at Daytona State College for over seven years and have vast experience with both young and older adults in the college environment who have experienced personal, academic, and career concerns. I relate well to people in need, am nonjudgmental in my approach, and have a caring and empathetic way of listening and helping. Together, we will work to understand the origins of your overwhelming emotions, create some self-care practices and goals for you, and develop coping skills to help you feel better. We will work towards your vision of happiness and contentment.
Remote Therapy, DeBary, 32713, FL