I believe that treatment is most beneficial when it is individualized, flexible, and meets the needs of the patient. I typically use a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI), which has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of concerns. The CBT model states that the way we think influences the way we feel and act, and problems arise when we get stuck in a negative spiral. One goal of therapy is to help patients better understand how it all works. Another goal is to help patients learn healthier coping skills so that they feel empowered to be successful, even after therapy has ended.
My experience thus far has mostly involved helping people who are struggling with substance use issues, along with the depression, anxiety, trauma, and/or other mental health concerns that are oftentimes also present. I have worked mostly with adults and have also worked with adolescents.
In my office, everyone can expect to be welcomed, respected, and cared for. I strive to maintain an environment where anyone can feel heard, accepted, and safe - this is a judge-free zone! What actually happens during sessions will look a little differently for each patient, based on each person’s needs. It could involve talking, writing, making artwork, playing games, etc. Therapy is about growth (which means getting out of your comfort zone) so it will take some effort and may be challenging, but I will be supporting you along the way. We will work together to strengthen both your confidence and your skills to help you overcome obstacles and live a happier, healthier life!
I’ve known I wanted to be a counselor since I was about 12 years old. It seemed like everyone came to me to talk about their problems and it felt easy for me to help them. Sometimes they even took my advice and it actually helped! It’s rewarding to see someone take steps to improve their life and move forward in their journey. What’s better than making a living doing something you’re good at and love to do?
Music and dancing fuels my soul. I haven’t been able to rescue a dog yet, but I volunteer with the Florence Area Humane Society a few times/month. I love to watch hockey (Let’s Go Pens!) and I visit my home state of Pennsylvania a few times per year. But, I also love warm weather and take day trips to the beach as often as I can on the weekends (more soul food). Then there’s the “regular” stuff, like watching TV and movies, hanging out with my friends, and eating good food!
This is such a tough question. My brain immediately goes to Bring It On, even though I haven’t watched it in years. I can’t even count how many times I watched that movie as a teenager but I probably still know all the words! I love watching movies so there are many others I could have chosen, but I will not watch horror movies.
I would most likely be a gymnastics/cheerleading coach. I have been a coach at different levels off/on for a total of about 11 years. I love being able to pass on something that was such an important part of my life and to see the joy when a child learns a new skill!