What is your main goal when working with a client?
When working with a client, I strive to provide a safe and warm atmosphere where they can process their struggles. It is within this safe space that I believe change can occur. Through a client sharing their story, we can collaboratively devise the next steps toward positive change in their life.
What is your approach and what methods do you employ?
My approach is centered on the client’s needs. I use a person-centered and existential approach to therapy. I seek to help clients live authentically, find meaning in their life, and collaboratively explore the concerns they have in session. Life often has many challenges but we have choices in how we respond to those challenges. How we cope with life’s challenges makes a huge difference. I seek to empower clients to take responsibility for their actions and to find meaning and purpose in their lives. I utilize this approach in a relational way so that each client feels supported.
What age groups do you most often work with?
The age groups I enjoy working with are college age and young adults.
Are you passive or active in the session, what can a client typically expect sessions to be like while working with you?
I am both passive and active at different times within the session. It depends on what the client needs during each session. I love to collaborate with clients so they feel they are accomplishing their goals in counseling. In session, a client can expect to feel heard, encouraged as well as cared for during our sessions together. They will have a place to process through pain as well as someone cheering them on through their healing process. I will be totally myself in session and encourage clients to do the same.
What is your background and what are your credentials?
I am a Mental Health Student Intern. I am a Mental Health Counseling Student at Colorado Christian University. I grew up in Georgia and my husband and I recently moved to Florida in 2019. For my undergraduate degree, I went to the University of Georgia where I studied Education and Spanish. I have traveled to many Spanish speaking countries and lived abroad in Spain for over a year. I love to connect with and learn from clients from different cultures and backgrounds. I have experience mentoring and serving with the youth ministry and the young adults at my churches in both Florida and Georgia. My faith in Jesus is very important to me and gives me strength and comfort. My husband and I love craft coffee, trying new restaurants in Orlando, relaxing at the beach and spending time with our friends in the area.
What is the reason you decided to get into counseling?
I decided to get into counseling because after becoming a teacher, I was feeling unfulfilled and felt I was missing something. I was not enjoying teaching my students and I felt I did not have enough time to mentor them as I would like. I have always loved to talk to people and help them process their life. I knew I needed to be in a profession where the main goal was not to teach but to mentor and help others. I have experienced incredible healing through my own therapy in the past. I felt that my counselors cared for me and allowed me a space where I find help for present and past hurts. I wanted to become that for my own clients. My counselor in the past also encouraged me that she thought I would be a good counselor myself. I always feel honored when clients allow me to walk alongside them through therapy. It is a great privilege.
Tell us about your education.
In 2015, I received my Bachelors degree in Spanish and Language Education from the University of Georgia. In 2016, I received a graduate certificate for Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University. I am currently working towards my Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Colorado Christian University.