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ABOUT ME
I have been in this field more than 17 years, both in inpatient and outpatient settings. My therapeutic orientation tends to focus a lot on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy (or Insight-Oriented Therapy), Integrative and Eclectic Therapy, as well as Faith-Based Therapy (when appropriate). Having raised five children as a single parent while working full time, as well as completing my education in my later years, I feel that I am able to help those that are inundated with emotional turmoil.


 

My Philosophy
I believe that every human being is unique and the human entity is made up of four different components: physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. They all are significantly and intimately connected. There are provisions made for every individual to reach and maintain their optimal level in each of these areas. Medical professionals bring their skill and knowledge to help heal one’s physical ailments; teachers bring their expertise to increase one’s intellect; spiritual leaders (i.e. pastors, priests, etc.) bring their knowledge about spirituality; whereas, professional counselors help bring insight to one’s emotional pain and behaviors which are hurting them. Healing is a multidimensional process facilitated by integrating the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional components of a person’s being. Each component affects one another in some way.

Education
- Argosy University - Ed.D. in Counseling Education (in process)
- Trinity International University:
--- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
--- Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Accreditation and Certification
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) - #MH8071
- National Certified Counselor (NCC) #78071
- Certified Addictions Professional (CAP) #3270
- Certified Anger Management Specialist II (CAMS-II)
- Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC)

Professional Affiliations
- Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV)
- South Florida Society of Trauma-Based Disorders (SFSTBD)
- National Anger Management Association (NAMA)
- South Florida Association of Christian Counselors (SFACC)
- NO MORE (attempts to end Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault)
- American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)

 

Have you wrestled with any of the following myths about therapy?

Myths About Mental Health Counseling

It is my hope that by dispelling some of the myths around counseling, I have provided a better understanding of its history, purpose, and potential for healing.

Myth #1: Counseling is for crazy people.
The truth is that mental health counselors see people that are generally healthy and functional. Most decide to pursue counseling because they want more for themselves, whether it is to feel better, to make sense of their lives, or to improve their situation.

Myth #2: Counseling is for the weak.
People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now.

Myth #3: Counseling is about being analyzed.
Most counseling involves a team approach toward working toward goals, not being psychologically dissected. The healing and growth in counseling usually emerges out of the relationship between counselor and client, where the emphasis is on humanity, empathy, honor and respectful dialogue. Finally, counseling is about self-knowledge; expanding one’s reference and perspective regarding themselves and those around them.

Myth #4: Counseling is an excuse for people to just sit around and talk about themselves and their past.
The truth of the matter is that you are the central figure of your life and most of us operate within narrowly and externally defined concepts of the truth of who we are. Seeking this truth can be a profoundly transformational journey that goes way beyond a self-absorbed rap session. Though talking is an integral part of the counseling process, and the past can be a valuable resource for understanding present-day challenges; insight, accountability, active participation and integration are often emphasized.

Myth #5: Counseling takes forever.
Today, flexibility reigns. Counselor and client are generally considered equal partners determining mutually agreed upon schedules, tasks, and goals. Ultimately, the frequency and length of counseling is dependent on the client’s needs and goals.

Myth #6: Counseling is too expensive.
The way we feel about ourselves and our lives and the quality of our relationships all contribute to the happiness and satisfaction we experience in life. When these elements are out of balance, it can seriously compromise our physical, mental, and emotional states. It is interesting that we don’t hesitate to invest in cars and computers and what we put in and on our bodies, but we seem to resist the idea of investing in our emotional health and well-being.

To see more information about this, please visit https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/myths-of-therapy/.