I am currently a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, a Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College, and I am a National Certified Counselor. I am a member of The American Psychological Association, The American Counseling Association, The Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida, and The National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors.
My professional career spans 30 years before recently entering private practice. For 20 years, I was a corporate trainer specializing in employee motivation. I have spent over 25 years working voluntarily with individuals who struggle with issues of addiction and I have spent the last year working as a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern at an intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization substance abuse treatment program in Winter Park, FL. I have actively supported the LGBTQ community for the past 30 years in Connecticut, New York, and Florida.
I regard my counseling philosophy and approach as holistic; addressing individuals’ concerns with their thinking, emotions, physical influences, and spiritual outlooks when treating the whole person. I favor supporting the client in the here-and-now but will refer to their past with the hope to facilitate change for their future.
I consider my approach as eclectic, meaning that I pull from many disciplines. I utilize Existential Therapy where the client attempts to find meaning in their life. I believe that all people are capable of change and will strive to become the best that they can be, which lies in the beliefs of Person Centered Therapy. Consequently, Gestalt Therapy is a factor in my approach because I want to help and treat the whole person in the here-and-now. Through insight and use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I work with the client on changing any maladaptive beliefs and/or behaviors.
My goal is to help an individual identify and focus on their personal goals by raising the individual’s awareness in order to discover their personal meaning, growth potentials, and psychological health. I sincerely believe that everyone’s spirituality, race, culture, gender, and sexual orientation must be valued because all remain as vital components that compose who we are. Consequently, I apply my education, learned life skills, and unconditional positive regard in order to support the client in effecting their desired change.