I graduated in 2017 from the University of Florida with a BS in Psychology and immediately began my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Florida Gulf Coast University. I completed clinical internships at David Lawrence Center, Operation Par, and Nextep, where I engaged with a variety of populations and clinical experiences. During this time, I was able to hone my skills in addictions counseling, group and individual therapy, crisis intervention, as well as more mainstream mental health concerns such as anger, depression, self-injury, and ADHD.
Before I graduated, I was hired as a Community Action Treatment Team therapist to conduct individual and family counseling with youth at risk of being placed out of home due to their mental health including jail, foster care, and residential treatment. During my time there, I was able to address high acuity issues such as addiction, oppositional defiant disorder, out of control behavior, attachment disorders, mood disorders, suicidality, LGBTQ+ issues, self-harm, trauma, school issues, and family conflict, to name just a few. I was able to work with a team of professionals to wrap around a client and ensure the best care, a quality which I have carried with me.
As a counselor, I believe strongly in a client-led approach with myself being more of a trail guide on a journey only you completely understand. I use an eclectic approach that is highly based on client needs, which I pull from a variety of backgrounds and modalities based on the latest scientific research. My method can best be summarized as a cross between art and science. No one person is the same, so my approach puts the client in the pilot’s seat in a way that lets you move and explore at your comfort level while still helping you achieve your goals. While I use a highly customizable approach, I usually start with a mixture of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. In my experience, these treatment modalities use mindfulness, exploration, and acceptance accompanied by realistic and tangible ways to meet your goals and act as a good starting point in our exploration together.