At GroundWork Counseling, I provide relationship therapy for couples and families in a compassionate and comfortable environment. Collaboratively, my clients and I explore relationship strengths and improve patterns of relating with each other, in order to promote change, happiness, and connection.
Through my education and experience, I have learned that unhelpful thought patterns, as well as difficulty regulating and communicating emotions effectively, can be primary sources of distress in people’s lives and therefore, negatively affect behavior and relationships. My counseling approach focuses on evidence-based treatment such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Couples Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Family Therapy, while also incorporating play therapy techniques when working with families with younger children. I have an extensive background working with clients who are experiencing a wide variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, behavioral issues, difficulty adjusting to life changes, self-harm, grief, changes in family structure, identity issues, and anger management.
When providing family counseling, I find that it is often effective to incorporate and collaborate with as much of the family system as possible, in order to strengthen relationships and promote positive behavioral interactions. For this reason, I often encourage a combination of parental training, family sessions, and individual sessions for young children to build emotional regulation skills. Families today face a number of stressful situations that influence all members of the family, and family therapy offers a unique experience where family members can reconnect, build upon family strengths, and increase their support and compassion for one another. Using CBT and a family systems approach, I strive to support all members of the family in building communication and conflict resolution skills, establishing appropriate boundaries, developing effective parenting practices, and improving family relationships.
In couples therapy, the primary focus is to strengthen the bond between the couple and promote compassion and deeper understanding in the relationship. Throughout the lifespan of a relationship, there are many hardships that a couple may encounter that lead to difficulty navigating conflicts, ineffective communication, and unmet expectations. As a couples therapist, I provide the environment and opportunity for couples to reach a higher level of mutual understanding to enhance and revitalize their commitment to one another.
About Me I was born and raised in Winter Springs, Florida and have lived in central Florida all my life. I first became interested in becoming a family therapist during my undergraduate years at Rollins College, where I received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. I was also a member of the Rollins College Concert Choir and Rollins Singers acapella group. During my graduate education at Rollins College, I studied and advanced my skills in counseling adults and families and completed the Family and Relationship Therapy certificate program. My graduate practicum and internship experiences included working in a substance abuse residential facility for adolescents, advocating for the LGBTQ+ community with Equality Florida, and working with families impacted by physical and sexual abuse. In my spare-time I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter, and our black lab, as well as singing, reading, and watching movies.
Education and Certification I have earned a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, in addition to a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. During my graduate studies I also received a Certificate in Family and Relationship Therapy, and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student in Counseling Award by my professors and colleagues.
I have received additional training using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through The Beck Institute. I have also received additional training in Diversity and Cultural Competency from the Florida Network, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and have completed the Mental Health Provider Education program provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). I am also currently on the Board of the Central Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CFAMFT). I am currently a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern (IMH #13736) and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (IMH #2336) in the state of Florida; which means I have graduated with a Master’s degree, and completed over 1000 hours of clinical client hours while enrolled in my educational program. I currently practice under the supervision of another Florida counselor.