You might be saying ... wow, that's a lot of initials, what the heck do they mean!? Overall they are credentials that say I meet standards in certain areas, but what it really means is that I am a licensed profession counselor who is here to help you!
As a cancer survivor, I understand the impact unexpected life changes can have on mental health and well-being. The life and future I had imaged was being pulled out from under me. The energy and problem-solving skills I had did not prepare me for my new reality. Counseling became a calling for me later in life. Dealing with my own mortality taught me that attending to my mental health was just as integral to my recovery as seeking medical treatment.
After graduating from the College at Brockport with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, I worked in a clinic setting with men and women with both mental health and substance abuse disorders. My professional and life experience has formed my holistic approach to counseling. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. I also have a certification in counseling people with addictions (CASAC).
In addition to having specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), I integrate counseling approaches as needed by my client’s own situation. My focus is on the benefit of positive behavior and how that can be applied to other situations creates a safe space for discussion of a variety of issues.
My practice is built on the premise that, in order to truly benefit from the counseling experience, a good therapeutic relationship requires that the client feels comfortable and has trust in the therapist they choose. Once this is established, the client is able to safely, and with confidence, explore a variety of issues which can help them identify coping strategies, develop resiliency, and better understand their purpose in life.
I specialize in working with individuals who are facing challenges in their lives that are causing them distress and challenging them to re-imagine their future. People who are facing the daunting thought that the future that they once had looked forward to has been changed by a life event (cancer diagnosis, heart disease, chronic medical condition, divorce, etc.). Working together, we can identify the personal strengths you possess and apply these strengths to your current situation, as well as learn new coping skills.
My number one priority is to work with clients to help restore balance. I want to help you break free from old habits that no longer work while developing healthy coping skills, and finding new ways to respond to life's challenging situations. I provide individual counseling, group counseling, and other services.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (License # 006667)
Certified Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor (CASAC-30076)
National Certified Counselor (ID: 331921)
Memberships: American Counseling Association, New York Mental Health Counselors Association, National Board for Certified Counselors.