What is your main goal when working with a client?
My main goal when working with clients is to create a safe, comfortable, non-judgemental environment while assisting in navigating life’s challenges and barriers to happiness.
What is your approach and what methods do you employ?
I have a solution-focused and cognitive behavioral approach to promote client advocacy & partnership, develop self awareness and direction, identify and increase personal strengths, and reframe previous patterns of thought. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process and am committed to assisting each client build on their existing strengths.
What age groups do you most often work with?
I enjoy working with the adult population, especially young adults surrounding anxiety, depression, self esteem, life coaching, life transitions, healthy relationships, and developing self concept.
Are you passive or active in the session, what can a client typically expect sessions to be like while working with you?
I am typically more actively involved in session as I believe that therapy is a collaborative process and am committed to assisting each client on their existing strengths. However, each individual is different, and I am present to create an open space where the client can spend our time as they choose. I always remind my clients that I am here for what they need. I am committed to creating a space where they are validated, encouraged, and supported.
What is your background and what are your credentials?
I have experience in an outpatient community mental health practice setting, schools, in-home clients with disabilities, faith-based programs, and research and academic assistantships. I have been able to develop rapport and establish effective therapeutic relationships with clients in various settings and contexts and enjoy new clinical challenges and experiences.
I was hired last year by East Alabama Mental Health Center, Lee County, as an Intern Therapist. Through working at a community mental health center, I have gained a deeper understanding of psychopathology and how interdisciplinary teams work together to provide proper diagnoses, treatment planning, interventions, and aftercare. I was also brought on as a Graduate Assistant for the EAGLES program at Auburn, which is a post-secondary educational program for students with intellectual disabilities. I have worked as a booth presenter at events including medical conferences, providing information on trauma to veteran clients from all branches of service seeking information, healing, and treatment. I have served on international mission teams, collaborating with children and families of different cultures, beliefs, and language. I also worked as a substitute teacher in Orange County Florida, as an educator, forming strong interpersonal relationships and communicating with various types of students.
What is the reason you decided to get into counseling?
Over the past several years, I have been involved in teaching, small group leading, mission trips, and speaking engagements. Through teaching, I gained a great deal of experience mentoring and providing support to students of many backgrounds. As a small group leader, I had the opportunity to counsel students, many of whom struggled with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, or experienced abuse, trauma, or other serious family issues (although each youth presented with different challenges). Serving on international mission teams, I was able to establish trust and collaborate with unfamiliar peers, indigenous community leaders, and children and families of a different cultures and languages.
Although I was always able to connect with the individual needing support by communicating compassion and a willingness to assist them in finding a way forward, I wanted to strengthen my natural helping skills by acquiring formal training in counseling techniques and methods in psychology and counseling. I am committed to continual growth on my journey to becoming a licensed professional in my field. I have been successful in developing rapport and establishing effective relationships with students and clients in various settings and contexts. I find great value in immersing oneself in novel situations to refine skills, gain a variety of experience, and deepen knowledge.
Tell us about your education.
I was raised in Tampa, FL and moved to the Orlando area to attend the University of Central Florida and earned my B.S. in Elementary Education. I then relocated to Auburn, Alabama where I completed my M. Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am excited to be back in sunny Florida working in the Orlando area again!