A Bit About Me
In December of 2006, I completed a dual Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling at Barry University’s CARF accredited program whose standards assured excellence in clinical practice. I have 16 years of experience.
The bulk of my education, therapeutic skills, and clinical experience were developed while working in dual diagnosis mental health and substance abuse treatment centers in Florida. Continuing Education has always been important to me and resulted in obtaining two significant certifications in recent years. The first, in CCTP (Certified Clinical Trauma Professional) increased my insight and skill in working with victims of trauma which proved to be of critical importance given the high volume of under-reported cases of abuse. The second, in CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treatment for Insomnia) has proven to be essential during individual therapy given the degree to which poor sleep habits increase anxiety and overall functioning.
Although Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma often stand out as more common mental health problems, less common emotional symptoms related to anger management, grief and loss, guilt and shame, stress, and low self-esteem are often the source of significant emotional pain and suffering. As a clinician, I recognize that the therapeutic process remains full of new possibilities and opportunities. Of keen importance to me is proper diagnosis and discovery of root causes of emotional imbalance. The process of identifying inner strengths helps individuals develop the courage, insight, and fortitude to begin the change process.
Relationships and Spirituality are like silent partners in our everyday search for life balance. Although it can be easy to minimize the significance of unhealthy relationships or lack of spirituality in life, these two aspects of the self carry more weight than most of us would like to admit. As we join together, and the therapeutic process develops, my goal is to increase motivation, hope, and self-awareness.