I currently hold a Bachelors of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice obtained from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. I later received my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling at Lindenwood University. I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor with the state of Missouri. I am a National Certified Counselor and I hold certifications in Applied Suicide Intervention Skill Training, American Red Cross Standard First Aid, and American Red Cross Adult C.P.R. I am also trained & certified to provide Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). My areas of specified training include trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, suicide intervention, adolescent behavioral issues, and sexual and physical abuse.
Over the past six years I have worked with families in various crises; completing individual, family and group counseling both in-home and in-office settings to assist in stabilizing and improving mental health and decision making skills. I have provided psychological services to children, adolescents and adults who have experienced struggles due to various crisis, transitions in life, common life stressors, and various mental health disorders.
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ~ Maria Robinson
The theoretical treatment approach I believe work best in psychotherapy is integrative therapy which affirms the inherent value of each individual. It is a unifying psychotherapy that responds appropriately and effectively to the individual at the cognitive, physiological, affective, and behavioral levels of functioning, as well as the spiritual dimension of life. These concepts are utilized within a perspective of human development in which each phase of life presents heightened developmental tasks, need sensitivities, crises, and opportunities for new learning. The aim of an integrative psychotherapy is to facilitate wholeness such that the quality of the person’s being and functioning in the intra-psychic, interpersonal and sociopolitical space is maximized with due regard for each individual’s own personal limits and external constraints. Some of the treatment modalities I have used are; cognitive behavioral therapy, person centered therapy, solution focus, parent-child interaction therapy, and trauma focus therapy. This allows me to adapt a specified treatment for each individual client.
As a psychotherapist I am committed to maintaining a nonjudgmental, caring and supportive environment while helping each individual recognize and problem solve their own issues and concerns. With the client’s acknowledgement of concerns, dedication to change, and motivation to participate, treatment goals have a higher probability of completion and the client will leave feeling empowered.