I am a Licensedl Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) specializing in individual and couples therapy. I maintain a private practice in Cape Coral Florida.
I work with a broad spectrum of clients. Among my areas of expertise are trauma, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), childhood abuse including sexual abuse, adjustments and transitions, bereavement and loss, self-esteem issues, anxiety and depression, relationship issues, and issues related to spirituality and faith.
I would consider myself a psychodynamic-focused, interactive relational therapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
I graduated from Seattle University with a graduate degree in Pastoral-Mental Health Counseling. Prior to returning to graduate school I practiced as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Fort Myers Florida. My career in nursing provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the human person in relation to health and wellness.
In addition to my academic studies my graduate program included an 18 month internship which I completed at Compass Health, a community mental health agency in Everett WA. During this internship I provided psychotherapy and education to clients with low self esteem, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction and recovery, mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety and depression, sexual abuse, and health related issues. My commitment to educating my clients led me to implement a bipolar psychoeducational group.
My identity as a psychotherapist and a pastoral counselor makes it possible to integrate sound psychology with an in-depth understanding of spirituality, theology, and fait h.
I have received additional training in Addiction and Recovery, Lifespan Integration, Basic and Advanced, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Basic and Advanced, and Schema Therapy training.
In addition to these advanced therapy trainings I have a certification in Spiritual Direction.