My Approach to Helping
Hello, and I want to extend a warm welcome to you for being here!
I am an open-minded and caring counselor who emphasizes a strength-based philosophy in my therapeutic work, by encouraging you to identify and use your own unique strengths to help ease the healing process. I have over 20 years of therapeutic experience in the mental health field with children, adolescents, adults, and elderly clients in a variety of settings, and have been practicing as a licensed professional counselor since 2012. I hold a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling, a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, and an Associate's degree in Juvenile Services.
By implementing a cognitive-behavioral approach in therapy together, we will first identify, and then explore how your thoughts and feelings affect you, and then discover how these thoughts and feelings are expressed in your behavior and interactions with others. In therapy, you can gain a deeper understanding of yourself and learn effective coping strategies to improve your functioning in life. For change that leads to a more fulfilling, joyful, and happy life, I can help you with issues such as, trauma, PTSD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, LGBTQ issues, grief, loss, parenting issues, and much more!
More Info About My Practice
I provide teletherapy (online therapy) services only at this time. I am licensed to provide mental health counseling services in both Ohio and South Carolina. In accordance with the current rules and regulations for telehealth, you must be physically located in either Ohio or South Carolina during all of your telehealth sessions with me.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
I will email you a short assessment questionnaire to complete and send back to me before our first session so that I may better understand your history, your reasons for seeking therapy, and what you would like to get out of our time together. This will help me to develop a better treatment plan with you during our first session together and help us focus on what is most important to you at this time.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
1. The experience of the therapist:
What type of experience does your preferred therapist have? In general, therapists have experience in dealing with different issues, like depression, eating disorders, anxiety, etc. However, you need to choose a therapist that has experience in dealing with the type of problem that you are experiencing.
The number of years of experience your preferred therapist has is also an important factor to consider. If they have been in business for many years, it means that they have great knowledge regarding different mental and emotional issues that people experience regularly.
2.The specific type of therapy or treatment the counselor provides:
Different counselors offer different types of therapeutic treatments to help people. Therefore; you need to check out the type of therapies they offer. There are those who offer a blend of treatments and techniques. You may find it helpful to research the different techniques that are available, and then you can ask the therapist about the techniques they follow and how effective they are. If you know a little about the treatments you are most interested in beforehand, you will be able to determine which one is the best for you and find the right fit.
3. The therapist's credentials:
For a person to work as a professional mental health counselor, they need to be licensed by a state regulatory board and have an active, current license in good standing. In most states, they also have to possess a Master?s degree and have completed a graduate program that is accredited within their university or school. It is important for you to check out the credentials that they have. If they are licensed, it means that they have fulfilled all the requirements.
4. Your instinct:
First impressions do matter when choosing the right therapist. Even if you are nervous at first, as many people are during the first few sessions, the right counselor for you will work to help you feel more comfortable and emotionally safe. Trust your gut here. If it doesn?t feel right to you, it may not be the right fit, and the treatment may not be as effective for you. However, if this happens, don't give up! Sometimes it takes some shopping around first in order to find the right counselor for you.