At GroundWork Counseling, I provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to individuals struggling with anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, substance use, and life adjustments.
I believe that life is meant to be lived abundantly and enjoyed fully, however, I understand that life can present with unexpected challenges. Change and uncertainty can be scary and often frustrating, and I have a passion for helping individuals overcome these challenges through evidence-based treatment. Making changes requires courage and a willingness to be open and honest with oneself, and I am here to help. My goal is to assist you to gain insight to the challenges in your life and learn new skills and techniques to overcome them. I offer a nonjudgmental, empathetic, and supportive space for you to do this work.
My therapeutic approach relies heavily on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) while also integrating both mindfulness and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills. As research indicates, evidenced based practices yield the best results. By applying these techniques, we can begin to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and identify any patterns and connections that exist. More importantly, we can begin to work towards replacing unhelpful thoughts and behaviors that you engage in, to move you in the direction of living your most meaningful life.
About Me I was born and raised in Chicago, recently making Orlando my new home with my fiancée and dog. From a very young age, I have always known I wanted to work in the helping profession. I am amazed at the resiliency that we as humans possess, and am humbled to support others navigate through life’s challenges. After my undergraduate education, I had the privilege to work at a leading private residential treatment center for women struggling with eating disorders, substance use, mood disorders, and trauma. Following my master’s program, I then worked in an outpatient substance use disorder clinic at a Chicago area Veterans Administration Hospital. There I worked with a diverse population of veterans with unique needs that were often compounded by substance use and other mental health disorders. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my fiancée and dog, exploring new restaurants, and traveling. I am passionate about the practice of yoga and mindfulness to achieve balance and wellness in my own life.
Education and Certification I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Florida, SW 14009. I have received specific training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and additional training in CBT for the treatment of Depression through The Beck Institute. I received my undergraduate education at DePaul University where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Human Services. I went on to earn my Master of Social Work degree at Loyola University Chicago, with a specialization in mental health and substance use disorders. Through my work at the Veterans Administration, I underwent rigorous training in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET). In addition to Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), utilizing the same principles of CBT.