-Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#LCSW24642) 5/08
-Master of Social Work, Florida State University
-Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of California, Los
-Working in social services/mental health field, primarily with children/adolescents in a variety of settings since 1999
-Working as a therapist since 2003, with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families
My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UCLA and a Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University. For the past 20 years I have been working in the social services/mental health field, 16 years of which I have been working as a therapist with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Much of my experience has been working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, including group homes, a juvenile correctional facility, a residential substance abuse treatment program, an after school delinquency prevention program, and outpatient clinics. I also have experience working with adults, both individually and conjointly with others (family members, partners, former spouses). My experience working with adults includes, but is not limited to, focus on such areas as relationship issues, parenting, communication skills, self-esteem, empowerment, assertiveness, mood management, conflict resolution, and life coaching. Specifically when working with couples, I help people reconnect and build/rebuild trust with one another. A major issue that causes conflict in relationships is a lack of or unhealthy/faulty communication. I help couples learn active listening and assertive communication skills, so that they are better able to hear and be heard by their partner, which results in a more satisfying, mutually respectful relationship.
In my practice, I utilize a number of theoretical orientations and therapy styles, as I find that different techniques work with different people. I primarily draw from humanistic, positive psychology, cognitive behavioral, and solutions focused theories.
My experience has prepared me well to be able to interact and connect with a wide variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds. I am especially confident in my ability to connect with children/teens that are resistant to or skeptical of therapy. I feel that making a connection with an individual is crucial in the therapy process, and once that connection is established, the stage is set for meaningful, transforming therapeutic work to begin.
Whether you are a teen, young adult, or adult having difficulty making the transition to a new phase in your life, a parent finding that you are hitting a brick wall when trying to communicate with your child/teenager, a couple finding it impossible to make the relationship work, or just someone encountering a struggle, I welcome the opportunity to help you embark on a journey toward happiness, contentment, and fulfillment.