My Approach to Helping
I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida, and I have been in practice since 2001 when I graduated from Barry University in Miami with a Masters in Social Work. I have worked in a comprehensive addictions counseling center, for an outpatient mental health clinic, in private practice, as well as in hospice, hospital and palliative care.
My primary therapy orientation is Solution Focused, and I strongly believe that a strongtrusting therapeutic relationship is paramount for client growth. I maintain that therapy should be an authentic experience, and the client’s need to be heard, valued, and understood is primary. I see my role as both a leader and a follower in treatment to promote client change, and thus I practice a balance of basic empathy and unconditional positive regard in therapy.
I understand that each individual is a person with their unique history, story and many contributing factors towards his or her distress andor reasons that they are seeking help. For this reason, I try my best, as renowned psychotherapist Irvin Yalom puts it, to “create a new therapy for each client.”
My passion lies in assisting people to find their authentic self and to improve their relationships. In individual, family or couples’ counseling, whether one’s distress stems from mental health issues or life circumstances, it is my goal to aid clients in working through their challenges to gain clarity and inner peace.