At Groundwork Counseling, I provide individual therapy to children and adolescents experiencing anxiety, behavioral challenges, sadness, anger, and challenges with friends or family members. My goal is to provide effective therapy in a supportive environment where my clinical approach is caring, collaborative and goal-directed. I am passionate about developing a strong therapeutic alliance with each client, and committed to providing the best quality of care for my young clients and their families. Because each child is unique, I create treatment plans that are specifically tailored to the needs of each child, and each family. It is my belief that children and adolescents are resilient, and can learn new ways of interacting with their thoughts, feelings, and environments, with the help of a skilled therapist.
My approach to therapy is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I assist my young clients by helping them learn new skills, face their fears, improve communication, and increase distress tolerance. I work collaboratively with children to help them to identify and challenge maladaptive thought and behavioral patterns, through the use of a warm and interactive therapeutic approach.
When working with younger children my approach is playful and fun, using humor, creative interventions, and play therapy techniques. I believe, family intervention and involvement is crucial to successful therapy in working with young children, I provide education and guidance to parents in order to further encourage lasting and positive changes. I also provide support to parents by developing and implementing behavior plans to help improve unhelpful or disruptive behaviors in young children.
About Me I am a native Floridian, born and raised in South Florida, I grew up in a small town (Cooper City), where I lived until I moved to Orlando for my undergraduate education at University of Central Florida. I studied psychology and behavioral forensics, and fell in love with intricacies human behavior and development. Through various internships during my undergraduate and graduate experiences I discovered a passion for working with children and adolescents. Previously, I worked with children in two alternative school settings, one that focused on learning and developmental disabilities, and the other was geared toward supporting at-risk youth. I also have extensive experience working with substance abuse, both within inpatient and outpatient settings. In my free time I enjoy practicing yoga, being outdoors- in nature or on the water, and spending time with family and friends.
Education & Certification I earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology with a certificate in Behavioral Forensics from the University of Central Florida, going on to earn my Masters of Education/ Education Specialist with a major in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida – MH15377. I am currently enrolled in specific CBT training for the evidence-based treatment of Children and Adolescents through the Beck Institute. I am an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
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