My Approach to Helping
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with a background in crisis intervention. I began my career as an MFT working in an emergency shelter program for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking with substance abuse and severe mental health issues. I provided both individual and group therapy within residential and outpatient transitional housing programs.
I continued to work with clients with moderate to severe mental health disorders specializing in trauma and clients with cooccurring substance abuse and mental health issues. My approach help clients improve emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and improve their daily living.
I have facilitated groups on domestic violence education, safety planning, anger management, communication, substance abuse, prevention, and independent living. I also worked on a crisis hotline for students providing suicide assessments, suicide prevention and support to transitional age youth. I provided crisis counseling and helped students connect with services such as drug and alcohol treatment, emergency housing, and mental health treatment.
I have a strong behavioral background working with children and adolescents with developmental, emotional, and behavior problems. Working with the whole family teaching strategies to improve behavior, family functioning, and alleviate daily stress in the home.
I bring an integrative approach to therapy that brings together the affective, behavioral, cognitive, and physiological levels of functioning. This approach helps individuals gain insight into themselves, and reduces unhealthy, dysfunctional defense mechanisms and patterns of behavior.
I graduated from the University of Luton in England and continued her education earning her Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix.