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 (e.g. 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. My therapeutic approach centers on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the most highly researched and validated method of treatment for anxiety, OCD, and emotional dysregulation. I have received certification in CBT/REBT after completing specialized training at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City.
I have also received specific training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) from the International OCD Foundation’s Behavioral Therapy Training Program (BTTI) in Houston, Texas. Less than 1% of mental health professionals in the country have received this level of specialized training for the treatment of OCD.
I am an active member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), The International OCD Foundation (IOCF), and The Association for Behavioral And Cognitive Therapists (ABCT).
During counseling with both children and teens I encourage clients to gradually face their fears and 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 counseling has ended. I am an LGBTQ affirming counselor and support each individual’s unique growth and self-exploration process.
When working with younger children under the age of six, I utilize a CBT perspective interwoven with playful approach to help make counseling fun and interactive for younger children, while maintaining a strong focus on behavioral change. I support parents and families by providing parent support 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 have also received Certification in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT/CBT) for Children & Adolescents, after completing an intensive training course at the prestigious Ellis Institute, in New York City.
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