What is your main goal when working with a client?
My goals in therapy are always determined from my client. My job as a therapist is to create a warm, empathetic, and nonjudgmental environment for my client to be heard. I focus on helping individuals and couples develop insight into their own life so that they can take back control of their thoughts and behaviors that either impede or facilitate personal growth and happiness. My goal is to assist them on their journey towards finding meaning within the struggles, and ultimately fulfilling their purpose in life.
What is your approach and what methods do you employ?
My approach is client-centered, which I believe is the key to a successful therapeutic experience and outcome. I firmly believe every client is unique, therefore my methods vary according to the specific needs of each individual client and situation. Based on the situation at hand, my approach may include helping individuals and couples gain insight into how their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs directly or indirectly affect their behavior (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). My hope is to help clients discover the roots to their unhealthy thoughts and actions and then walk with them towards finding healthier solutions towards healing and problem solving directing them towards a more fulfilling future. (Solution Focused Therapy).
What age groups do you most often work with?
I enjoy working with all ages, however my predominate areas of expertise include working with adults, families and couples.
Are you passive or active in the session, what can a client typically expect sessions to be like while working with you?
Depending on the needs of the client and the presenting issue is the method I employ in therapy. However, I typically take a more active approach in session. Everything done has intentionality with the clients goals directing the focus of the sessions. As a therapist, my desires is for the client is to walk out with something more than they had previously entered the session with. This could be seen as more clarity, deeper meaning, strength development, personal growth, self-discovery, awareness, empowerment, a new way of thinking or coping with the struggle. Change becomes possible if the client is motivated and committed to the therapeutic process. My clients can expect from me as their therapist, that I will commit myself to walking with them on their journey regardless of the time of life they find themselves in. I will create an atmosphere where they can be heard, validated, and empowered so that they can begin living their life with more fulfillment and meaning.
What is your background and what are your credentials?
I am a student Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. I was born in Iowa, however I moved to Florida as a infant so I consider myself a Floridian born and raised. I attended Florida State University for my undergraduate degree (GO NOLES!), and then came back to my hometown of Orlando to pursue my Masters in counseling at University of Central Florida, which l will complete in Fall of 2019.
On a personal note, I have always had a passion for people and athletics. It was through my involvement in competitive volleyball, where I had the opportunity to play at the D1 collegiate level. It was through sports that I was able to mesh my love for people and competition. My experiences of athletics have taught me the importance of healthy communication, teamwork, resilience, conflict resolution, and the power of motivation/sacrifice can have on an individual and team. I have learned how to connect with people in unique ways, even more help my teammates reach the potential they did not think they had. Counseling has now given me a platform to continue my love for helping people find their potential, cultivate meaningful relationships and motivate them to persevere towards fulfilling their goals.
What is the reason you decided to get into counseling?
There are many things throughout my life that has lead me towards a career in counseling. The first is my love for people and the fulfillment that meaningful connections has given me. I believe we are not created to walk through life alone, instead we were designed to form connections with others. Life is full of suffrage, however it’s what you choose to do about it that matters, and it has been through my own experiences, that I have found we are better able to cope and endure those times of suffrage with healthy relationships. It is through counseling that I am able to be that healthy relationship for people who are finding themselves struggle through the challenges of life. The hope is that together we can journey together towards transcending the suffrage to a life of meaning and purpose.
At some point, life will throw an unexpected curve ball, that is when the opportunity to learn something becomes possible, because we are then able to rebuild the structures in how we interpret the world. So, when those moments happen we are able to be challenged, and tolerate the chaos and discover the potential of our own strength. People have an unbelievable capacity to face the things we cannot understand, which I believe gives life its meaning. Every experience whether that be positive or negative has the opportunity to teach, mold, shape, challenge and grow you if you let it. I want to be the person to celebrate your successes or help you take the sourest lemon that life has to offer and turn it into something resembling lemonade. Regardless for your specific reason seeking counseling, I find it an honor to be able to partner with my clients to share myself along with giving my clients the space to be heard, validated, and loved.
Tell us about your education.
I graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Psychology and a Minor in Hospitality, and I will receive my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Central Florida in Fall of 2019. I am committed to receiving multiple certificates throughout my career with a desire to continue to learn, grow and be the best counselor I can be.