Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor & PhD Student
- Ph.D. Student at University of Florida in the Counselor Education program
- MA in Agency Counseling – Kutztown University, Pennsylvania
My professional interests include working with adolescents and young adults on various concerns and life difficulties. Of interest to me are identity development, sexuality, gender, trauma, sexual offending, and addictions. The most important aspect for me is to make a connection with others and build a strong alliance in order to work together towards a more fulfilling future. My research focuses on the areas of gender non-conformity, sexual culture, and supervision.
Approach to Therapy
I consider my approach to Cognitive Behavioral with a Humanistic flare. My techniques are primarily Mindful-based CBT; however, I tend to be client led and less directive. In addition, meaning making and exploration of schemas and belief systems can be an important area of importance.
Approach to Supervision
My primary focus in supervision is to assist in personal growth and development into the role of counselor. I work from a process approach, with attention to developmental level, implementing interventions from various psychotherapy approaches if necessary.
Approach to Wellness
The most important part to wellness is balance. I achieve this by making efforts to balance my time and energy between family, school, work, and social areas of my life. My favorite self-care activities are playing with my children/husband, baking cupcakes, laying out in the sun, knitting, and movies and Netflix.
I teach an undergraduate course in the College of Education in Stress & Anxiety Management. I am the clinical supervisor at STEPS Mental Health Clinic at GCM. I am also the President-Elect of Chi Sigma Iota, counseling honor society, Beta Chapter.