My Approach to Helping
Theoretical Orientation and Counseling Approach:I strive to create a non-judgmental environment for my clients where they feel welcomed, respected, heard, and have the support they deserve while collaboratively working towards their goals. The most rewarding part about being a mental health counselor is being able to witness individuals bettering themselves and overcoming obstacles whether they are big or small. As a counselor, I know that every individual is unique; therefore, I work with the client based on their needs and at a pace they are comfortable with, while also trying to challenge them in making steps towards their progress.
The theoretical orientation I incorporate in my counseling sessions is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness. I am a firm believer that our thoughts and feelings influence our behavior. The first step in creating change starts with being self-aware. We will work to identify any dysfunctional and distorted thoughts in order to work towards actively modifying and challenging negative beliefs and patterns. As the clinician, I am here to work with the client on whatever it may be that they would like to achieve.
About Me:I am a big family person. I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy cooking with my boyfriend and trying new delicious places to dine. To decompress, I like to watch shows and movies of various genres. I also enjoy taking my dog for walks, seeing how much joy it brings him.
More Info About My Practice
Education and Experience:I started my college education at Passaic Community College where I received my associate’s degree in Liberal Arts. While I was in community college, I thoroughly enjoyed my psychology courses and enrolled in more for my electives. From community college, I transferred to William Paterson University where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After taking some time off from school, I decided I wanted to go back to earn my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. It was my interest in addiction and learning more about mental health that aided me towards my graduate school journey.
I completed my clinical internship at a community outpatient counseling clinic in Montclair, New Jersey. During my time as a clinician, I worked with a variety of clients, including children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. I provided individual, couples, family, and group counseling.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Children, Adolescents, and Adults (EarlyMiddleLate Adulthood); Individual, Couples, Family, and Group Counseling. Including, but not limited to Addiction, ADHD, Adoption, Adjustment Disorder, Alcohol Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety, Attachment Issues, Academic UnderachievementDifficulties, Adjustment Disorders, Asperger?s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality, Body Image, Bullying, Career Counseling, Codependency, Communication Issues, Coping Skills, Cultural Identity, Developmental Disorders, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Fertility Issues, Gambling, Gender Role Issues, Grief and Loss, Health and Wellness, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Learning Disorders, LGBTQ+, Life Coaching, Life Transitions, Men?s Issues, Mood Disorders, Narcissistic Personality, Obesity, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Pain, ParentingCo-parenting Issues, Parent-Child Relational Issues, Peer Relationships, Personality Disorders, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, School and Work Related Issues, Self-Acceptance, Self-Care, Self-Esteem, Self-Harm, Setting Boundaries, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality and Gender Identity, Spirituality, Sleep or Insomnia, Sports Performance, Stress Management, Substance UseAbuse, Suicidal Ideation, Test Anxiety, Trauma, Weight LossMaintenance, Women?s Issues, Veterans