I’ve helped teens, young adults, and their families
• Develop a sense of themselves as a teen or adult after being adopted as a child.
• Regain that feeling of “My parents are proud of me”
• Find happiness again after a stressful life event (recent move, divorce, new school, new job)
• Overcoming those thoughts of “I’m not good enough”
• Receive less behavioral calls from school.
• Most importantly I’ve helped others recognize their value and know their worth.
I believe people try their best to be happy. The unwanted negative feelings of anxiety, depression, or anger sometimes make it difficult to be happy. Whether it’s because of everyday stressors or traumatic events.
My style is collaborative, empowering and solution-focused. I use a skill-building approach. I help my clients add healthy coping skills to their toolbox in order to overcome their negative feelings. New skills can be taught and learned. Making the goals of counseling more achievable.
One of my favorite quotes is by Cornel West, “You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people.” This quote has served as a guide to my life’s path both personally and professionally; I have dedicated my life to serving others and my community.
I have chosen a career that gives me the ability to help people live happier and healthier lives. Outside of being a therapist, I have chosen to dedicate my time to supporting community causes that I am passionate about. I currently serve on the board at CASA(Community Action Stops Abuse) helping survivors of domestic violence.
I do not discriminate against anyone. Something else very important to me is making sure quality mental health services are accessible in low-income communities. I serve on other local committees that aim to improve mental health services in St. Pete. In the past year, I have also served as a panelist on a few community mental health forums.