I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2009. Since then I have become very interested in how our minds work to process and store information and memories, and have taken extensive training in this area. Many of our challenges with coping in today’s world stem from our past experiences and the impact they have had in our lives. Our understanding of how memories are processed and stored has grown substantially in the past 20 years, and approaches to counseling have evolved to include methods that provide deep and complete relief.
I have trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and RRT (Rapid Resolution Therapy) and Hypnotherapy. I use these along with more traditional forms of talk therapy such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Solution Focused Treatment. Feeling more confident, happy and at peace with your life is a priceless gift you can give to yourself. Together we can set your goals and take the steps to help you achieve them.
State University of New York at Albany, Master of Social Welfare, Clinical Concentration
State University of New York, College at Geneseo, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Florida (SW9333)
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, (NBCCH #3758)
Qualified Supervisor (for Registered Clinical Social Work Interns seeking licensure)
Certified Practitioner, Rapid Resolution Therapy, 2015
Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
I have been a licensed clinical social worker since 2014, and have been working in my field in various capacities since 1998. I have a background in inpatient therapy in a hospital setting and also have extensive experience in a wealth of therapeutic models. I have also worked for hospice and assisted families in their worst of times, and previously assisted patients and their families with the challenges involving nursing home care.
If you’re facing life’s challenges, and you’re reading this, take a moment to be proud of yourself. You have already taken a big step in the right direction. You’re on the way, and I am here to help you discover that there is hope, and that you have it in yourself to make peace in your life.
Just like there is no one person who is the same, there is no one therapeutic model that is right for you. We will work together to help you find your path through the difficulties in your life. Whether you are down, grieving, addicted, having family problems, or simply looking to better yourself, I’m here, and I am honored that you are considering me to help you on your journey.
University of Central Florida, Master of Social Work
Southern Vermont College, Bachelor of Psychology, Minor in Business
Licensed Clinical Social Worker 2014
Certified in De-escalation 2002
Growing up my parents were a huge influence on my work ethic and desire to work in the social work
field. My dad worked as Global Vice President for a major phone company, he always made sure to
carve out time to volunteer with victims of domestic violence, The Lions Club and as Guardian Ad Litem
for the court system. Throughout my life I watched my father make a difference in lives as others. My
mom instilled in me there was nothing I could not achieve through hard-work, passion and dedication.
Her words especially held true throughout my early academic years as I learned to excel academically
despite having learning challenges.
The very beginning of my social work career started when I worked part-time in an elementary school
with “at risk youth”. While working on my bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida, I did
my internship for the Department of Children and Families in Protective Services, who later hired me
upon graduation. The next transition of my career provided me with an opportunity to work as a Case
Manager for a program designed to move people into financial self-sufficiency. It was during this time I
decided to go back to school to pursue a master’s Degree in social work from the University of Central
Florida. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with my master’s degree, I was promoted
to Program Manager providing oversight to programs that provided services for households needing
emergency financial assistance. Through my experience as a Program Manager I had the opportunity to
facilitate trainings for Central Florida Non-Profits who were applying for county funding to expand or
sustain services. I obtained my licensure while working as a hospice social worker and worked in
positions where I worked with geriatric and disabled populations. Throughout my entire career, I have
had the opportunity to work with students completing internships and currently supervise Registered
Clinical Interns working towards licensure. Working as a Therapist has given me experience with treating
a variety of mental health disorders. My passion is working with adults, geriatrics, children, teens,
people with trauma and those with disabilities.
My personal journey has taught me the importance of learning to be my own emotional coach and
staying persistent on my path despite what obstacles may be in my way. Throughout the years I have
always had the support of my wonderful family and some of the most amazing friends. My family is
truly my inspiration, I married my best friend and have three beautiful children. I know first-hand the
challenges of being a parent along with having a blended family and with the difficulties of navigating
through divorce. Some of the most difficult-times in my life have taught me the most. My belief is our
journey helps to shape us, our sense of self helps determine us, and our dreams, goals along with faith
help to guide us.
Greetings!! I am a former IT programmer/analyst who went back to graduate school at Argosy University in Sarasota, to obtain my Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling in May of 2013. I am now a licensed mental health counselor, working primarily with adolescents and adults, as well as couples and families. I am Adoption certified and specialize in working in women’s issues, as well as trauma and grief and loss. Additionally, I am trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy and TF-CBT, knowledgeable about FASD (fetal alcohol syndrome) and have extensive experience in substance abuse, having worked as a residential counselor for Haven Recovery and Salvation Army. I have also worked for A Helping Hand, Neighbor to Family and Circle of Friends for dependency cases, at Saafe Behavioral Services in DeLand and am now happily working at Lakeside since October 2017.