Here is a little information about my work history and education so you can get to know me better and see if I would be a good fit for you!
While completing my Bachelors of Science in Psychology, I spent a semester volunteering at a Head Start Program (A Program designed to foster stable family relationships, enhance children's physical and emotional well-being, and establish an environment to develop strong cognitive skills). Another semester was spent working as an Addictions course teaching assistant. While finishing up my degree I interned and later volunteered at a residential group home for teen boys.
Shortly after earning my Psychology degree, I spent a few years working at a non-profit outpatient program that provided vocational, counseling and life skills training and support to adults with severe and persistent mental illness. I completed the Master’s program at University of Maryland School of Social Work. During my Master’s program I interned at a middle school and provided school-based counseling to kids struggling with social skills, anger management, learning disorders and other psychiatric difficulties impacting their ability to learn and achieve to their potential. I spent another semester interning at a therapeutic foster care agency, provided casework and counseling to the children in the foster care system and worked closely supporting the families they were placed with.
Since earning my clinical Master’s degree, I have spent the last several years working in private practice. I work with individuals of all ages, as well as couples and families. I am passionate about what I do and love to see people obtain positive changes and healing in their lives. With children, I engage them in interactive play therapy, which allows them to develop a rapport and comfort in a therapeutic setting, enhancing their ability to talk about and work on the struggles affecting them. Teenagers can be a little tougher to engage in certain situations, but this is one of my greatest strengths as a therapist. I have spent a lot of time forming and running support groups. I have established and run support groups for teen girls, social skills groups for elementary aged children, support groups for parents with difficult/defiant children and teens, weight loss and healthy living support groups and LGBT support groups. When working with children and teenagers, family therapy is most often part of that equation as well. I have really enjoyed my work with families with the focus of building healthy relationships. I spend a lot of time working with couples and if you are looking for an interactive therapist to assist you in identifying changes that need to be made in order to establish healthier more fulfilling relationship, you have come to the right place. I continue to work at a practice in Millersville but just recently decided to build a practice of my own in Sykesville, which is a little closer to home.