To start, I’m fortunate to have over 11 years of experience working with children, and adolescents. I have learned early on working in various roles along with in multiple settings I developed an instant connection with youth and have been fascinated with the developing brain. I have also worked with a wide range of individuals from the age of three years old to sixty-five years old. My professional experiences include working with individuals who suffer from a variety of disorders such as ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, suicidal ideation, substance abuse, trauma, behavioral issues, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc. Over the years working in numerous settings has assisted me in having a multi-faceted perspective for my clients. Some of the clinical facility settings include, Adult Family Health Services, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center (DePaul Clinic, Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center), the SODAT (Services to Overcome Abuse Among Teenagers) substance abuse rehabilitation facility and as a Behavioral Assistant providing in-home services to clients and their families.
I attended Rowan University, where I immediately enrolled in a General Psychology course. As cliché as it sounds, I immediately knew a career in psychology was the path for me; it became my passion. I pursued my passion further and earned my master’s degree at Montclair State University where my clinical experiences began to flourish. I believe that some of my greatest strengths are perseverance and my ability to connect with multiple populations across various settings.
In my free time I enjoy painting, spending time with family and baking!
APPROACH TO THERAPY
My approach to counseling is focused on building the therapeutic relationship. I believe that the counselor/client relationship is where the success of the therapeutic process stems from. Working closely with each client and focusing on individual needs is where I am able to identify and personalize the right approach for you! One size does not fit all and everyone is their own unique self! Utilizing this approach includes creating a trusting, comfortable and safe environment. After building a safe environment and a trusting relationship I use an integrative therapeutic approach consisting of cognitive-behavioral, person centered and humanistic/existential therapy.
In addition, working with various populations has allowed me to further understand the importance of family members in the treatment for each client and their success in the program. The importance of making the treatment plans not only measurable for the client but also the caregivers/family is just as important and vital to success in the treatment process. As a therapist, I am here by your side during this process and will guide you to be the best version of yourself!
M.A. in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Montclair State University
B.A. in Psychology & Child Behavior: Rowan University
Licensed Associate Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Adult CPR & AED – American Red Cross
Health and Safety Basics: Requirement for Certification
Child Development: Intro into Learning Theories
Mandated Reporting in Early Care & Education
Substitute Teacher Certification
· American Psychology Association
· Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International
· American Counseling Association
· The National Society of Leadership and Success