"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change" (Carl Rogers) The previous quote encapsulates my counseling philosophy. I seek to provide a nonjudgmental, genuine, and empathetic presence for my clients in order to ensure a safe and secure environment for the counseling process. I utilize a collaborative approach to facilitate growth and healing in my clients. In utilizing a multicultural and trauma focused lens, I work to empower clients of all ages and all walks of life in their journey of self-discovery and autonomy.
I am a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern in the state of Florida. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Central Florida. I went on to obtain my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rollins College. During my time at Rollins, I completed the certificate in family and relationship therapy. I am a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Association for Marriage and Family Counseling.
My passion for mental health counseling was further catalyzed when I began counseling children and adolescents in the foster system. It was during this time I realized just how resilient and courageous children and teens really are. In a digital day and age where our youth is inundated with unrealistic messages from social media, I seek to provide children and teens with a genuine and empathetic presence, allowing them the comfort needed to open up in session. I incorporate a combination of play and art as a way of keeping your child interested and engaged in the counseling process. I am grateful to be in a profession that allows me to do the work I love: helping others.