My Approach to Helping
Finding the right therapist for you is the first step towards growth, healing and understanding. You need to trust your therapist and believe in the confidentiality that will allow you to share your deepest fears, questions, feelings, and concerns. During therapy sessions, I use my experience, compassion and clinical skill to assist my clients as they seek solutions and new tools to reach their goals. I believe that joy is the birthright of every human being. I partner with my clients to help them attain the happiness, peace and fulfillment that each one deserves.
More Info About My Practice
In 1991 I graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Seton Hall University in 1993. During my 18 years as a mental health professional I have worked in a variety of clinical and mental health care settings including a private psychiatric hospital, a crisis shelter, and private practice.
I enjoy working with adolescents and adults, individuals, couples and families. I have several areas of expertise that include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety/OCD, eating disorders, marriage/relationship problems, addictions/co-dependency, grief/loss, parenting challenges and chronic disorganization/hoarding. My education includes intensive training in the treatment of relationship issues, eating disorders, depression and anxiety. In addition to being licensed in the State of Florida I am a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist. I love a challenge and give great care and dedication to helping my clients find solutions to even the most difficult problems.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
Studies have shown that the client-therapist relationship is the most important factor in the positive outcome of psychotherapy. From the very first contact with my clients I put great effort in helping each one to feel comfortable and safe. Building rapport and trust during the therapeutic process is essential for growth and healing. I have had many clients describe their time in my office as a cocoon or an oasis from the challenges in their lives. During our sessions my clients learn new skills and tools that they take with them into their lives outside of my office. The strength of the therapeutic alliance is directly related to the long-term success of the process. I see myself as a guide and partner in the journey and take this role very seriously; I would be honored to assist you.