I graduated Magna cum Laude from Walden University with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I completed two specializations: Forensic Counseling and Career Counseling. From Ashworth University, I earned both a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Magna cum Laude, and an Associate of Applied Science in Psychology degree, with honors. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and a Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) professional with children and adolescents, as well as adults.
During my studies, some of the courses I completed includes: Diagnosis and Assessment; Lifespan Development; Assessments in Counseling; Multicultural Counseling; Ethics and Legal Issues; Techniques of Counseling; Foundations of Counseling; Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories; Group Process and Dynamics; Research Methods and Program Evaluation; Couples and Family Counseling; Prevention and Consultation; Counseling Addictive Disorders; Psychopharmacology; Crisis, Trauma and Response; Treatment of Forensic Populations; Mental Health Law; Career Counseling; Academic and Career Counseling; and Career, Consultation and Assessments. I completed both my practicum and internship at a facility for high-risk adolescent girls who have experienced trauma from human trafficking, substance abuse, physical, mental and verbal abuse, as well as abandonment and other traumatic circumstances. I have extensive, professional experience working with the physically and cognitively impaired population, from adolescence to adulthood.
Description of Practice
I subscribe to Carl Roger’s Person-Centered Theory, because sessions are intended to be therapeutically focused on the client, as the counselor takes the proverbial journey through the mental psyche of the client in search of clarity and solutions to impeding issues plaguing his or her life. The goal is to aid in the implementation of long-term transformative choices. Likewise, Albert Ellis’ cognitive-behavioral theoretical (CBT) approach resonates well with me, because it addresses individuals who likely have behavioral issues, which could possibly become transformed once the origins of the ill-wanted learned and developed behavior can be identified. I believe that by integration, these two approaches will be most effective for working with clients, because both theories require counselors to remain genuinely caring, accepting, non-judgmental, empathetically positive and supportive, as well as empowering and encouraging. With a strong belief that clients have the innate ability to invoke the necessary changes in his or her life, I am confident that my clients will find comfort in identifying the genuineness emanating from me in and out of sessions. My courage to encourage, become vulnerable when appropriate, remain open and present, is likely to allow clients to remain actively involved throughout the rehabilitation process and motivated to positively transform his or her life.
Traumatic experiences occur around all of us every second of every day. How well we deal with these direct or indirect instances will determine the manner in which we walk through life from day to day. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) professional, my goal is to provide you with the guidance essential for motivating and empowering you to persevere victoriously overcome life’s obstacles.
Together, we can open the door to an improved you.