At GroundWork Counseling, I specialize in working with children and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, depression, anger management, grief, behavioral issues, and family and relationship difficulties. It is my primary goal to provide compassionate counseling, where my young clients can explore their thoughts and feelings, while emphasizing resiliency and change through an evidence-based approach.
Through my education and experience, I have learned that unhelpful or problematic thought patterns, as well as difficulty regulating emotions, can be the primary sources of distress in children’s lives and therefore, negatively affect behavior and relationships. My therapeutic approach is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), while also incorporating play therapy and expressive-arts with young children. When working with younger children, I find it is often effective to incorporate and collaborate with parents, in order to strengthen relationships and promote positive behavioral interactions through implementing behavioral plans and rewards systems. For this reason, I often encourage parental involvement and offer support and education to family members in order to help the family as a whole and build upon their strengths and resources. I believe that even young children can learn methods to regulate their emotions and behaviors, while having fun learning new skills within therapy.
I have experience working with children and adolescents 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 behavioral issues.
About Me I was born and raised in Winter Springs, Florida and have lived in central Florida all my life. I have known since an early age that I wanted to work with children and first became interested in becoming a child 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 children and adolescents 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 children and families impacted by physical and sexual abuse. In my spare-time I enjoy relaxing with my husband and black lab puppy, Lana, as well as singing, crafting, 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 gradate 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 in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with children through Massachusetts General Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. 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.