"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result."
- Albert Einstein
Lets work towards doing something different
I build a collaborative relationship with my clients, and we work together to construct goals in positive terms. I perceive my clients as the experts of their lives and the authors of their own change. Together, we explore clients’ descriptions of experience and meaning, contextual factors that may impact their lives, and patterns in their thoughts and behavior that determine their actions. I help my clients tap into strengths and resources that once worked for them or that they possessed without knowing it. I believe these components increase possibilities for change and assist clients in the achievement of their personal and relational goals.
I also believe in the power of collaboration outside the therapy room; accordingly, I love to include significant individuals in the healing process. These could include professionals such as physicians, psychiatrists, lawyers, and nutritionists; family members; friends; and other stakeholders in my clients’ lives.
My aim is to support others in creating the lives they deserve and desire.
Since the birth of my son, I have developed a strong passion for working with mothers, specifically those who experience postpartum challenges. Approximately 15% of women suffer from postpartum mood disorders (PPMDs) including postpartum depression (PPD), postpartum anxiety/OCD, and postpartum psychosis. The “baby blues” also affect 80% of new mothers. After the birth of a child, there are chemical changes that happen to a woman`s brain, including a significant decrease in estrogen and progesterone levels. This can lead to mood swings and feelings of irritation, hopelessness, anger, or excessive worrying. In addition, the responsibility of caring for a new child may lead to sleep deprivation, social isolation, and a shift in the relationship with significant others, which may exacerbate symptoms and lead mothers to feel overwhelmed.
If you’ve recently become a mother, schedule an individual session or join one of our nature-based support groups so you can learn how to navigate through these physical and social changes and re-author your life and identity as a mother. These groups gather on a weekly basis so that you can connect and process your experience with other mothers and possibly find a tribe that will support and guide you through the constantly evolving journey of motherhood.
Child and Family Therapy
One of my biggest passions is working with children who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioral, or academic challenges. Their families and the other stakeholders in their lives (e.g., guardians, teachers, school counselors, physicians, etc.) are invited to participate in the treatment process. Many times, children and teenagers are pushed into therapy unwillingly; my commitment is to create a safe and comfortable environment for them by taking a non-judgmental stance and a strength-based approach that supports them in building from their capabilities, overcoming barriers, and achieving small successes.
The ultimate goal is to help these young people see that they are capable of succeeding and can acquire particular skills and strategies through therapy that will help them make positive changes in their lives. Through the therapy process, we may also work together to create behavior intervention plans that allow for a continuum of interventions and support services that could be beneficial even after the therapy process concludes. If you believe your child could benefit from therapy, know that I am happy to connect with you and other systems involved in your child`s life, such as schools, behavior specialists, psychiatrists, and physicians.
I help families work together during challenging times and transitional periods such as starting a family business, welcoming a new baby, or learning how to co-parent after divorce. I also help families learn how to function as a unit and support an identified family member who may be experiencing depression, anxiety or other mental health issues. During therapy, family members can increase their understanding of important patterns and interactions that serve as obstacles to success; then together we create appropriate strength-based, solution-oriented interventions that lead to successful outcomes.
“Prevention is better than cure.” - Desiderius Erasmus
The more solid a couple’s foundation is from the beginning, the better chance they have staying together when times get tough. Research indicates that married couples who received premarital counseling have higher levels of marital satisfaction and a 30% decline in the possibility of divorce.
Marriage can be one of the most rewarding and most challenging relationships you can have. It is a commitment that changes the course of your life forever. So while your excitement is high and you enjoy the bliss of planning your wedding day, let me also help you plan for all the days that follow.
Through a six-session course, I can help you prepare for a successful marriage. Topics included in these sessions include, but are not limited to:
Marriage and Couples Therapy
“If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” Mark 3:25
Couples face several challenges that can cause conflict, division, and estrangement. These challenges can stem from relational issues (e.g, breakdowns in communication, an inability to resolve conflict, a lack of intimacy, etc.) or life stressors related to external factors such as work and children. I help couples navigate though these everyday challenges using a collaborative, strategic, and solution-oriented approach. We work together to discover patterns embedded in the couple’s mutual interactions and relational dynamics and identify interactional cycles that maintain problem behaviors. My goal as a couples therapist is to help couples create positive shifts in their interactional cycles that strengthen their bond and bring them together during difficult times.
Sometimes, couples decide through the therapy process that they do not want to stay together. I help couples work through the process of separation in a safe and comfortable context. With my guidance, couples are able to process this change and eventually work towards agreeing to the terms of their separation. We work together to establish clear and mutually agreed upon decisions regarding the splitting of assets and finances; ongoing relationships with family and friends; and, when relevant, the care of children. As part of my commitment to supporting the separation process, I often include surrounding systems involved in this painful process, such as family members and lawyers.
I provide supervision for Registered Mental Health Counseling Interns and Marriage and Family Therapy Interns who are applying for licensure in the state of Florida. I also contract with local community agencies to provide their counselor employees the supervision hours required to get licensed in the state of Florida.
You have strengths, resources, and personal characteristics within you that naturally make you a great therapist. I'm guessing that is one of the reasons you chose to materialize your passion and become a therapist/counselor. Our collaborative supervisor-supervisee relationship will help you explore and identify these innate strengths, resources, and characteristics and enhance the practice of your theories and skills as a professional. I view supervision as mutually involving and an opportunity for reciprocal learning and growth.
Topics covered in Supervision include, but are not limited to:
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