About my ​Credentials, Training & Experience

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Licensed Mental Health Counselor

What is an LMHC?

    LMHCs are licensed to diagnose and treat mental disorders.  They resolve depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, and other compulsive behaviors, and other psychological conditions. Because of their holistic view of individuals and families, these mental health professionals offer evidence-based approaches to achieve greater levels of resilience and life satisfaction.
www.amhc.org

MS in Art Therapy
Registered Art Therapist

What is Art Therapy? 

    Art therapy is a mental health profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.      
    Art therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns.  Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.     
https://arttherapy.org/about-art-therapy/

Additional Training & Certifications

Qualified Supervision

    Supervision for Licensure is available for Registered Mental Health Counseling Interns in the State of Florida. A “Qualified Supervisor” for mental health counseling as specified in Section 491.005(4)(c), F.S., means a licensed mental health counselor or the equivalent who meets the qualifications specified in Rule 64B4-31.007, F.A.C.  


    Supervision general includes provision of training and feedback throughout the supervision process;  Education on the profession's Code of Ethics; Emphasis on the use of assessments and techniques which are sensitive to individual client needs and which consider the client's cultural background; Mentorship and role modeling for professional conduct and self-care; Demonstration of the ethical, legal, and regulatory issues of teletherapy; Setting clear personal and professional boundaries; and education of the intern about personal versus professional self. 


EMDR Trained 
(Eye Movement & Desensitization Reprocessing)

    EMDR is a structured therapy that encourages the patient to focus briefly on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms. Ongoing research supports positive clinical outcomes showing EMDR therapy as a helpful treatment for disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, and other distressing life experiences 


     EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions. EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.

Adoption Competency Certificate

    This training helps mental health practitioners and child welfare workers understand the importance of building skills and knowledge related to working with adoptive families. The goal is to emphasize children and families’ strengths, ensure practices are family-based and value all members of the adoption triad, acknowledge that adoption is a process and not an event, and focus on the many systems affected by adoption. Professionals who work with adoptive families will benefit from the opportunity to build their skills, knowledge, empathy, and understanding of this journey, as they learn to seek resources in their home states and counties that can also meet families’ needs.

Professional Experience



Private Practice Owner


Provision of Individual Therapy according to the needs of each client.  

Qualified Supervision for Registered Mental Health Counseling Interns in the state of Florida.



University Counseling Center at Florida State University


Mental Health Specialist  

 October 2017-Present


    Mental Health Specialists are Licensed clinicians who provide direct clinical services (Individual, group, and couples therapy) 

to University students facing a variety of mental health concerns and life stressors. 


Clinical & Data Specialist- Assists with supporting data evaluation, quality assurance, and technical support in addition to clinical duties

REACH Coordinator - connecting underserved & underrepresented students with our services.

Provision of Outreach and Mental Health Education services

Liaison to the Interfaith Council 

Liaison to the College of Fine Arts



Child Victim Rapid Response (CVRR) Program Manager

July 2015-October 2017


Provide counseling to children, adolescents & adults who have been victims or witnesses of crime or abuse 

Provide clinical supervision to employees and Masters level interns 

Coordinate delivery of program services with Leon County Schools, 

Ensure adherence to agency policies & procedures 

Give presentations for outreach & education 

Prepare grant application & fulfill grant terms 

Submit Monthly Performance Reports and Financial Invoices to Attorney General’s Office of Grants Management


CVRR Program Training Coordinator

June 2010-July 2015


Provide Individual counseling to child & adolescent victims of crime or abuse 

Deliver services to students at school during electives in coordination with school personnel and policies 

Develop collaborative relationships with school administration & guidance counselors 

Provide legal advocacy and accompaniment to depositions & trials for clients giving testimony 

Oversee and facilitate training of new employees & Supervise Masters level interns 

Monitor clinical files for compliance with agency and state protocols


Intensive Outpatient Program Executive Counselor

August 2009-July 2015


Provide weekly individual & family and daily group therapy for adolescents with substance use and co-occurring disorders 

Develop comprehensive, individualized treatment plans with client participation 

Facilitate parent education & support groups weekly 

Operate as part of a treatment team

Collaborate with client’s school to address academic and behavioral concerns 


School Intervention & Prevention Program Counselor

August 2009-May 2010


Provide intervention counseling for adolescents with substance use issues 

Develop short term Intervention Plan 

Complete case notes & submit billing on time 

Facilitate special-topics psychoeducation groups in schools and community centers 



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Practicum Experiences 

in pursuit of  MS in Art Therapy


Tallahassee Memorial Behavioral Health Center 

Spring 2009 

Crisis Intervention and stabilization during client inpatient care. 

Provision of individual and group therapy for adolescents and adults with a DSM-IV diagnosis, co-occurring disorders and substance abuse issues. 

Collaboration with medical treatment team and nursing staff to support patient care during hospitalization. 


Tallahassee Memorial Pediatric Rehabilitation 

Fall 2008 

Rehabilitative and developmentally focused art therapy services to children with developmental and physical disabilities. 

Treatment goals i to increase functional ability, increase emotional regulation, and develop appropriate social skills 


Child Protection Center - Bangkok, Thailand 

Summer 2008 

(Sponsored by FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights) 

Art Therapy with child victims of physical and sexual abuse housed in government shelters in Thailand. 

Worked with a translator in conducting group therapy sessions. 

Developed therapeutic relationships with children cross-culturally, through non-verbal communication and art making. 


Gadsden Women's Correctional Facility 

Spring 2008 

Individual & group art therapy with female inmates in a medium security prison. 

Addressed imprisonment, cognitive and behavioral restructuring, relapse planning, stress management as well as DSM-IV diagnosis issues. 


Personal Interests and Hobbies

Who I am outside of
the Office

I believe that the value of a therapeutic relationship is more than just the specific training, skills and expertise of the therapist, but their existence in the world as a real person who comes to the therapy office with real life experience, relationships, strengths and challenges.  As people we live in relationship with others and we are shaped by the others and relationships in our lives.  The therapeutic relationship is a corrective because I bring my existence as a fellow human who will walk alongside you in your most difficult moments, and hold on to hope for you when it is hard.  When we work together, you grant me the privilege to see your flaws, your wounds, and your triumphs.  I will celebrate with you every step of the way, offering acceptance, compassion and determination that your circumstances can improve.  


In order to help you know me a little bit more before we begin, here are some other pieces of information about me I hope will help bridge the gap between viewing me as a stranger and as someone a little bit like you, and who is here to help. 

Family

I have been happily married for 12 years and have 3 children.  Balancing family and work life, and parenting are often challenging, but so worth it!  (BTW elephants are my favorite since they form strong family groups and display complex social behavior and emotions, like us!)

Artist

I have always loved the act of creating, since early childhood.  My most frequent creative indulgence is painting (Artists Acrylics or Watercolors depending on the project).  I also love to get my hands on clay whenever the opportunity presents itself, especially wheel-throwing.  I also like to laugh and call myself a "serial hobbyist" as I will dabble in any creative process presented to me. I love the process of learning a new technique, but painting is my first love. 

Personality

I take my friendships seriously, and although classically an "introvert" over time I have become more of an "ambivert," enjoying both frequent socialization and the deep thought provoking conversations that introverts thrive on. 

Photographer

It would be my dream to do travel photography, visit sweeping landscapes and faraway destinations, capturing mementos of adventure and beautiful moments.  I take every opportunity for this, but also enjoy taking photos of friends, loved ones, families, and events.  I enjoy the creative freedom that comes with engagement & wedding photography, but am generally happy to be behind the lens in most scenarios. 

Geography

I was born and raised in Florida within minutes of the gulf beaches.  However, my ideal location is on the bank of a mountain river amidst a while and winding forest. The greenery of Tallahassee and long winding canopy roads serve as a happy medium for now

Lover of Stories

I have always been an avid reader, and never had to be reminded to pick up a good book.  I read a variety of genres but particularly the epic fantasy genre, lighthearted mysteries, post-apocalyptic young adult fiction, and series in general.  I love a story with a good plot twist and where you feel like your walking alongside the character's inner world as their move through the story. (No surprise the psychology of characters is appealing).  I will also enjoy a good TV series, or movie when it has engaging plot and relatable characters who develop over time.