Frequently Asked Questions:
In which areas do you specialize?
I enjoy working with men, women, couples, teens, kids, and families who are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationship issues, trouble in school or work, various types of trauma, issues concerning spirituality, sexual orientation, suicide, bereavement, or anything keeping one from living his or her best life.
What is your main goal when working with a client?
To help my client get to the core of whatever he or she is facing, no matter what the issue is – I seek to provide a supportive, empathetic, and non-judgmental presence for my clients as they courageously journey deep within themselves and their relationships.
How do you approach your sessions, and what methods do you use?
I am person-centered, ensuring that my clients feel supported and encouraged. I adjust my approach appropriately for the good of my client. I am trained in EMDR – an effective treatment method for trauma, limiting beliefs, and any other issues or experiences in which my clients wish to find healing. I often utilize additional therapy approaches such as Solution-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Expressive Arts. I am also trained in Trust Based Relational Interventions (TRBI).
Are you able to work with clients of all ages, or do you work with a specific age group?
Yes, I enjoy working with all ages.
Is your style of counseling more intensive or laid back?
I adjust according to the needs and/or preferences of the client. I am, however, very down-to-earth which leans me toward a laid back approach. I also tend to be fairly straightforward when appropriate.
What are your credentials and what is your background?
I am a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with the State of Florida (No. IMH15530). This means that I have obtained prior training and experience to be considered competent to practice mental health counseling as I work toward licensure. I am trained in EMDR and TRBI, as well. I am also a member of the Mental Health Counselor of Central Florida (MHCCF).
I am originally from Orlando (yes, born and raised!) and have been interested in psychology for as long as I can remember. Relationships are the most important aspect of my life – this includes my relationship with God, as well as with family, friends, colleagues, and clients. After a long search (which included kissing a few frogs along the way), I am recently married to an exceptional man and enjoy spending time with him and our beloved dog, Spanky.
What led you to pursue counseling?
Relationships have always been the most important aspect of my life. Through personal experience, I have learned how difficult it is to build healthy relationships – with others and with myself. God loves us so much that he gave us free will, and while it is a blessing, it is also a hefty responsibility. Sometimes it leads to harmful choices and behaviors. We harm ourselves and others, as they harm us, as well. I strongly desire to help people heal from these harmful experiences, and to let go of the guilt they might carry as a result of them. I believe that it is possible for every single person to heal from past or present wounds so that he or she can live a full, loving, and present life.
-What degrees do you hold?
I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida. I obtained my Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Palm Beach Atlantic in Orlando, Florida.
School: Palm Beach Atlantic University
License No. and State: IMH 15530 Florida
Supervisor Name: Kari Russo
Supervisor License: MH5041 Florida
First Orlando Counseling Center
3125 Bruton Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32805