At GroundWork Counseling I work exclusively with children and adolescents and specialize in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, and specific phobias utilizing CBT and ERP. I also work with children and teens struggling with Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (trichotillomania / hair-pulling, dermatillomania / skin picking), and tic disorders.
I provide therapy from a strength-based and solution-focused perspective, emphasizing personal resiliency and tenacity, utilizing an evidence-based approach to treatment. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), with a strong emphasis on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP); CBT and ERP are the most researched and empirically supported methods of treatment for OCD and anxiety disorders.
I have received advanced CBT/REBT training after completing specialized training at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. I have also completed specific training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) from the International OCD Foundation’s Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) in Houston, Texas. Additionally, I have also received further training for the treatment of complex and treatment resistant OCD in children. Less than 1% of mental health professionals in the country have received this level of specialized training for the treatment of OCD.
I am a Diplomate & Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy; a Diplomate in CBT is awarded to clinicians who have demonstrated expertise in cognitive therapy through a rigorous screening process, there are fewer than 1,000 Diplomates of CBT worldwide.
I am also an active member of The International OCD Foundation (IOCF), Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), and The Association for Behavioral And Cognitive Therapists (ABCT).
During treatment with both children and teens I encourage clients to gradually face their fears, change unhelpful behaviors, and develop new skills as we work together. I believe that effective therapy transitions the tools cultivated and practiced during sessions into a skill-set that clients and families can use in daily life, long after treatment has ended. I am an LGBTQ affirming counselor and support each individual’s unique growth and self-exploration process.
When working with younger children, I utilize a CBT perspective interwoven with playful approach to help make therapy fun and interactive for younger children, while maintaining a strong focus on behavioral change. I support parents and families by providing parent education and guidance, along with and creating behavioral plans and reward systems when appropriate for younger children, which further promote and foster positive change.
About Me I am originally from a small rural town in Maine, moving to Florida just before high school to pursue a career as a competitive equestrienne. I went on to earn my degree in Psychology from Rollins College, where I met a wonderful man, who is now my husband. I discovered a love for working with children during my practicum and internship positions while enrolled in my Master’s Degree program at Stetson University. Following my formal education, I began to advance my knowledge in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as I found CBT helped clients reach goals faster, and provided a briefer and more effective form of treatment. During this time, I discovered a passion for working with children and teens struggling OCD and anxiety disorders, which led me to specialize in this area. When away from the office, I enjoy spending time with my family, fussing over my two Toy Fox Terriers, working out, traveling, and cooking.
Education and Certification I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida – MH13729, and also a National Board Certified Counselor, through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). I have earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Rollins College in Winter Park Florida, and a Masters of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Stetson University.
I am a graduate of The International OCD Foundation’s Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI), completing a specialized training in CBT and ERP for OCD through the International OCD Foundation in Houston, Texas. I am a Diplomate & Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. I have also received specific and specialized training in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (a specific type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) specifically for Children & Adolescents, after completing an intensive training course at the prestigious Ellis Institute, in New York City.
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