Are you unhappy in your relationship? Are things just not what they use to?
Lately, you have not felt like yourself and want to get back on track.
Relationships are an integral part of our lives. This is true not only in how we feel our relationships are doing, but also in the sense of belongingness. Anxiety, depression, past traumas, and relationship issues can all get in the way of our mental health. We have an innate need for connection and emotional wellbeing for overall health, and this is what I love to help my clients do.
As a licensed psychotherapist, it is important to me that the people I serve receive high quality care. I believe that people have different needs, and thus the therapy that I provide is tailored to the needs of each client. My background includes a wide range of clinical models, such as strength-based postmodern therapies, multigenerational family systems models, emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Gottman model, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), among others. With any clinical model, I collaborate with people to address the specific challenges they are facing so that there is a clear and practical path moving forward.
As relational beings, I believe that our relationships are central to our overall functioning and quality of life. I work with individuals, couples, and families to restore and improve relationships, reduce anxiety, increase clarity of mind, and expand awareness around strengths and options.
With over 10 years of clinical experience, I have worked with individuals, couples, and families in university clinics, equine-assisted psychotherapy environments (horses with people), and inpatient psychiatric contexts. Working with people in different environments and with a range of challenges and backgrounds has allowed me to understand and appreciate the diverse needs of our community.
Many of the people I have worked with have experienced various traumas, relationship and marital stressors, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideations, substance use challenges, and concerns around child development and behavior, among others. They have all shared the feature of wanting a change in their life, and have demonstrated the courage and leadership to actively seek that change.
A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT ME
As an individual, couple, and family therapist, I am interested in people, the mind, and how communities and systems work. I am intentional, inquisitive, kind, and reliable. My life experiences and family have instilled in me the values of seeking to understand, being calm in storms, and striving to learn from everyone and the series of transitions encountered in life.
In my free time, I enjoy time with family and friends, watching the sunrise at the beach, reading, cooking, and relaxing with one of my favorite family members (my dog, Samba). Apart from family, friends, and nature, I love jazz, art, salsa dancing, and dialogue about philosophy and the complex issues facing our world.
My formal education includes a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Art History (Bethel University), with some time also spent in philosophy and religious studies. My graduate degrees include a Masters in Counseling Psychology (Palm Beach Atlantic University), a Masters in Experimental Psychology (Florida Atlantic University), and a PhD in Human Development and Family Science (The Ohio State University). My PhD specializations include Couple and Family Therapy and Quantitative Research Methods; I thoroughly enjoy working with people and with data, and I look forward to connecting with you.
Work with me by calling today for a free 15-minute phone consultation at 954-903-1676 to discover if we would be a good fit to work together.