I am a Licensed Practicing Counselor and I obtained my Masters Degree in Counseling from Oakland University in 2006. I have been providing individual therapy since 2008 and work with individuals that primarily experience depression and anxiety as a result of a traumatic event or ongoing trauma in their lives. I also work with individuals who are grieving and work with them to process the loss and assist in helping them work through the stages of grief. I have experience in working with the LGBTQ+ population and assisting with therapy to address feelings, thoughts and questions about transitioning. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in conjunction with other therapeutic approaches to address the needs of each individual that I work with.
It is worth mentioning that in addition to providing individual therapy, I manage a Crisis Intervention Program whose primary role is to stabilize individuals who are experiencing a crisis and to prevent inpatient hospitalization. I have been Managing this program since 2012.
Prior to receiving my Masters Degree, I worked as an Elementary Education Teacher for thirteen years after receiving a second Bachelors Degree in Education. Five of those thirteen years were spent teaching on the Island of Guam. Guam was a unique experience in that my classroom was made up of a variety of outer islanders whose first language was not always English. During my time as a teacher, I learned many behavioral management skills including; empathy, reflective listening, positive reinforcement, coordination and compassion. These acquired skills increased my desire to be a therapist.
Lastly, my first Undergraduate Program at Michigan State University offered me a Bachelors in Social Work. With that degree I started my career as a Foster Care and Adoption Specialist in Inner City Chicago. This position provided me with other skills needed to work in my current profession. I learned about cultural differences and the importance of educating myself about the differences in order to make the greatest impact on the clients I worked with. I learned about the difference between equity and equality and how the absence of equity can result in trauma. Finally, I learned about socioeconomic status and how low income individuals don't always have the resources available to them as others and I developed great linking, advocating and coordinating skills.
I believe that my education, my many employment opportunities and my lived experiences have prepared me to provide individual therapy with great outcomes. I look forward to working with you.