At Groundwork Counseling, my passion is to provide therapeutic services that are empirically validated, and rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). In addition to CBT, I utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based approaches. My hope is to help clients to discover new ways of changing thoughts and feelings in order to better circumnavigate their relationships with others and make healthy changes for themselves. Individual growth and thriving in daily life is what I strive to achieve in collaboration with my clients. My endeavor is to help individuals work through the struggles of anxiety, depression, family relationship issues, and navigating challenging life transitions, as well as achieving breakthrough from destructive habits, ways of thinking, and behaving. My therapy focuses on a client’s strengths while providing a multicultural, ethical, and empathetic environment. In addition to sessions in English, I also offer sessions in Creole, to adults of all ages.
About Me I was born in Montreal, Canada but have lived in sunny South Florida my whole life. My family and I have recently relocated to the Orlando area and have made it our home sweet home. I attended the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University studying Pre-Medical (Biological) Sciences, with the aim to attend medical school. Upon graduation I began teaching middle and high-school sciences and realized my knack for relating to and helping individuals and began re-evaluating what I wanted in life. I quickly enrolled in a Counseling program in Miami for my Masters Degree where I learned and practiced under the supervision of a Diplomate of CBT and a Bowenian Family Therapist. As a graduate of the rigorous training of both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage, Family and Couples Therapy of Barry University’s CACREP Accredited Program every time I meet with clients I am excited and glad that I made that choice. I have presented clinical research at the local, regional, and national level. I served as President of the Counseling Honor Society in my graduate program. In May of 2015, I was honored to be selected as a National Board Certified Counselor Fellow for the Minority Fellowship Program aimed to provide counseling to underserved minority youth in the community. That same year, I also received the Outstanding Masters Level Student Award for the Counseling Honor Society, and the Outstanding Master’s Level Student Award for the Department of Counseling/School of Education. My previous work has been with adults from as young as 18 ranging to their 50’s, and have helped them overcome co-occurring diagnosis (personality or mood disorders and addictions) in outpatient settings, high-end treatment facilities, as well as private practice. The various types of Behavioral therapy (CBT, DBT, REBT) is my preferred method of counseling due to its effective and briefer method of treatment. In my free time, my husband and I are kept busy with a lot of laughter from our three daughters. I enjoy exploring the Orlando area, traveling, reading, watching movies, staying involved with church, and making memories with family and friends.
Education/Certification I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Florida Atlantic University, and then a Masters of Science degree in Counseling, with a dual specialization in Mental Health Counseling and Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapy from Barry University. I have attended specific trainings on Personality disorders, Addictions, and Maternal Mental Health. I am a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC), through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). I have completed specific training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) through the renowned Beck Institute. Currently, I am a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern (IMH14027) and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (IMT2425) in the state of Florida; which means I have graduated with a Master’s degree, and completed over 1000 clinical hours with clients while enrolled in my educational program. I currently practice under the supervision of a certified CBT therapist; Marion Rodrigue, LMHC at GroundWork Counseling.