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I believe that effective therapy begins with a strong relationship between my clients and myself. Relationships, characterized by trust, honesty, and acceptance, serve as the foundation for positive change and healing. My goal is to help my clients clearly determine what it is that they would like to achieve through therapy and then to help them achieve that goal.
I believe that a strong understanding of my client and their experience is crucial to helping them, so our first session will typically include a fair amount of questions and sharing. I understand that some people have a harder time than others sharing about themselves, but I will do everything in my power to make you and/or your child as comfortable as possible.
Once the initial assessment has been completed, I develop a plan with my clients that clearly identifies their goals, as well as how those goals will be achieved. For many mental health problems cognitive behavioral therapy is the most effective and the most researched type of treatment, however, I tailor the treatment to the individual and find what they respond best to.
I do not take a one-size fits all approach in any of my work. I like to utilize a wide variety of treatments including Behavioral Interventions, Solution-Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The length of therapy can vary depending on the presenting problem(s) and other factors, but I can help you understand what the course of therapy will look like early on.
I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Stony Brook University in New York before moving to Florida in 2008. I finished my Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at the University of South Florida in 2012. I have been working in the mental health field since 2009 when I started as an assessor at the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center. My experience began with working with troubled teens who were dealing with substance abuse, defiant behavior, difficult home lives, abusive parents, and many other problems. I was promoted to be a case manager and counselor in the “U-Turn” program, working with youth in foster care group homes.
While attending graduate school I completed two semesters of practicum at Mental Health Care’s adult crisis unit. There, I worked with severely mentally ill adults who were in crisis, who were about to enter a state mental hospital, or who were just discharged from the state mental hospital. Shortly after earning my Master’s Degree, I began as a therapist working with foster care youth in group homes and in therapeutic foster homes. I have also worked closely with parents and other caregivers, the courts, and other community organizations. I am trained in numerous therapeutic theories and techniques including Behavioral Interventions, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I work with clients as young as 2 years old all the way into late adulthood. I have experience and training working with special populations such as the LGBTQ community, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and victims of abuse/trauma. I work with youth who are having trouble at home or in school as well as individuals dealing with difficulty expressing emotions, anger management, ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, impulse control, hyperactivity, defiance, PTSD, adjustment disorders, phase of life problems, and substance abuse.
Please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.