For over a decade I have used counseling skills, techniques, and interventions in a primary healthcare and post-secondary educational setting. I have been a diagnostic medical sonographer since 2008. In this setting, I often noticed people undergoing diagnostic medical examinations were nervous, scared, and if they’ve recently received discouraging news, depressed.
Spending up to an hour with an individual in a room while performing an exam, I found people would discuss almost all aspects of their lives with me. I found that an empathetic ear was as useful as the advanced instrumentation I was using to perform their exams.
In 2011, I began to use counseling skills in education when my objective was to facilitate the learning and development of college students, some of whom were making a major career change, in learning the skills of sonography and becoming educated and trained in their newly chosen careers. I’ve taught them patient care skills, how to progress in their profession, resume building, and I also listened and provided support while they expressed a number of emotional issues related to completing a program of rigorous study.
In 2018, I was able to put my master’s degree to direct use when I joined Dr. Allison Johnson and Taylor Henzel working in private practice as a mental health counselor.
TRAINING & COUNSELING STYLE
My training in vocational rehabilitation counseling helps me guide young people on their journeys through high school, college, and new career experiences. I also love working with people with disabilities, both psychiatric and physical.
My counseling style is informed primarily by a post-constructivist philosophy that states there is no one central truth. I love to encourage clients to develop their own sense of empowerment through retelling their stories in a future-focused, goal-oriented, recovery-focused environment.
I am currently a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University about to begin a dissertation in psychiatric rehabilitation with a concentration in counselor education and supervision