My colleagues and clients would describe me as a genuine, caring, calming, and compassionate clinician that specializes in the treatment of adverse life events and occupational stress injuries. I have over 10 years of experience working in the mental health field, having graduated in 2010 with a Master’s in Forensic Psychology and then in 2014 with a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified First Responder Counselor, and a trained Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. I offer a variety of evidence-based, therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and EMDR to help reduce symptoms of occupational stress injuries and reactions, learn coping skills, and build resilience. Each approach is tailored based on a collaborative, strengths-based fit to match the needs, goals, and performance of the individual. I am passionate about working with Responders, their loved ones, all legal professionals (dispatchers, co-responders, crime scene technicians, probation/parole officers, etc), and all survivors of trauma; be it vicarious, indirect, or direct. I have worked alongside corrections officers at the county jail and state prisons earlier in my career. I provide supervision to clinicians working toward their LPC. In addition, I speak Portuguese and Spanish.
"Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn't mean you can, should, or need to do it alone"
Specializing in First Responders, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, and Substance Abuse
Has going to work become more difficult for you? Have you begun questioning if you have chosen the right career or if this is all worth it? Has that fire and passion you once had for the job seem to have dwindled? Are you finding that things that didn't really bother you before are really bothering you now? Are you feeling like your administrators don't have your back? If so it may be time to speak to someone.
Do you experience intense feelings of distress that remind you of a difficult event in your life? Do you experience physical reactions such as sweating and pounding heart when reminded of the trauma? Do you have invasive, upsetting memories of a tragedy? Do you feel like the trauma is at times happening again? Do you want to finally move on from that difficult event? If so I am here to help
Do you feel like you are constantly worrying about something making it difficult to concentrate on anything else. Do you often feel agitated or on edge? Do you find that you are often in a bad mood especially when you are really worried. Have you experienced trouble falling or staying asleep? Do you want to finally let go of the worry and feel more like yourself? Give me a call.
Are you calling out of work or canceling plans with friends. Are you withdrawing from activities you once really enjoyed? Have you started to experience extreme fatigue and all you want to do is sleep? Have you been experiencing angry outburst for things that normally would not have made you angry? Are you seeing changes in appetite and weight? I can help you go back to enjoying the things that you once loved. Give me a call.
Have you tried to give up using only to find yourself weeks, months, or years later using again? Are you using to numb the feelings of shame or hopelessness only to find yourself feeling even more hopeless and shame after using? Do you want control over your substance use? Do you want to get to the root of what drives you to use? If so, I may be able to help.