My Approach to Helping
Experience: I am a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in NJ. I will complete all requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) in the summer of 2020. As a mental health professional, I have worked with clients from various age groups, cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds. My experience includes both individual and group therapy with adults diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Other examples include: co-occurring disorders, psychiatric issues, and substance abuse disorders. I have experience with teenagers in residential facilities with behavioral issues and family stressors. Finally, I have a growing interest in play and creative therapies for children. I think young children and adolescents should be able to express their thoughts and feelings in a developmentally appropriate way.
Approach to Treatment: Often times, individuals get caught up in unhealthy and defeating patterns of thinking and behavior. I find an integrative treatment approach works best. I believe that early experiences and relationships shape our lives. This includes our sense of self, the way we view the world, and how we build relationships. I like to collaboratively explore with my clients how past experiences affect their present lives. The goal with clients is positive growth in order to reach more satisfying lives and their full potential.
HobbiesIn/terests: First and foremost, I enjoy spending quality time with my family. I love reading, learning, and watching Disney movies. Lately I have been working toward becoming healthier physically and mentally. My self-care process includes exercise, personal reflection, and healthy eating. I enjoy traveling, including spontaneous road trips with my loved ones.