I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida (MH17502) and a Nationally Certified Counselor. I received my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Florida, with emphases in mental health in higher education, creativity in counseling, career, and crisis/trauma work. I work as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center, where I serve the on-campus community as the full-time Housing Embedded Counselor.
My clinical background includes:
Approach to counseling
My approach to counseling is a blend of approaches that rest on person-centered and relational values and incorporate practical techniques. I work from a humanistic-existential base that emphasizes slowing down and creating space, so we can both deeply understand and appreciate your life's experience and your needs. I encourage solution-focused strategies derived from what works for you; this helps offer more concrete relief while we continue exploring the deeper themes of your life to support more holistic growth. The therapeutic relationship is nonjudgmental and accepting: this provides a safe base for exploring past relationship injuries and other traumas that often connect to much of our current pain and struggle. My approach is flexible, and I blend in creative, mindful, and embodied techniques as well as other theory-based approaches to best suit each person.
Who I work with
I have a passion for working with college populations, because this was a time in my own life when, as I think of it, I "came alive." I see it as a time full of potential, even for those who aren't traditional-aged undergraduates, because college is a space for change and seeking goals regardless of your role. I have a special interest in counseling college undergraduates, graduate and doctoral students, counselor education students, recent graduates, "on and off" students, faculty, staff, and any others who are connected with higher education. I have special experience working with on-campus resident populations.
In addition to my emphasis on college populations, my specializations and areas of interest in counseling include mental health, crisis and relational or other trauma, career, expressive arts in counseling, supporting individuals who experience social exclusion due to diverse identities, and more. I love helping anyone become--and enjoy being--your genuine, best self! I enjoy working with a broad range of individuals and concerns, and value the opportunity to tailor the counseling relationship to best meet each person's unique needs and perspective.
For a taste of my perspective and a little bit of what it can be like to have a conversation with me, you might like to check out my episodes of the CWC podcast, CWC Talks:
Learning to Like Yourself - Season 1, Episode 6
Creativity for Personal Growth - Season 2, Episode 7