I am a mental health counselor that is dedicated to serving people in my community. I decided to become a mental health counselor after my own experiencing servicing in the United States Navy. I quickly found that I was losing more friends to suicide than I did in actual combat.
I also saw a great need for mental health services where I live. I have always been the person to do something rather than say “someone should do something”. There are several things about me that make me unique as a counselor. During my time in the military, I had the privilege to serve with many people from different countries (NATO), races, ethnicities, and lifestyles. I have also experienced combat over two deployments to Afghanistan.
The values I have pulled from those, as well as, other life experiences are being able to remain calm in intense situations, and the ability to showing empathy, understanding, and appreciation to a variety of people that come in for services. I have been serving the community as a mental health counselor for two years. My methods of treatment for individuals are mainly vested in cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy. Through those interventions, I explore with clients how their actions, thoughts, and feelings are all connected. I also work with clients to change thinking from ruminating on problems to a more solution-focused mindset. A unique set of tools I also bring to the therapy room is the military mindset, team building, and leadership training. These tools I have found to be especially effective with kids and teens.
For married couples, I use John Gottman’s principles of marriage. I do not have any specific achievements for counseling other than being part of the Chi Sigma Iota honors society for counselors but I have probably two million military achievements. I currently have a masters of arts in counseling with a focus on mental health counseling. I also hold a National Counselor Certification. Through the military, I was certified in mentoring and leadership training. I also hold instructor credentials in CPR, Triage and Combat Casualty Care, and field medicine. My top three populations and issues I work with are individuals with severe behavioral disorders, depression, and various forms of anxiety.
My specific skill set allows for the client to be the hero of their story. I act as a guide, using my therapeutic interventions to lead the client to their treatment plan. My goal is always to lead the client to live their version of their best lives.
TREATMENT SPECIALIZATION INCLUDES:
- Anger Management
- Grief and Loss
- Crisis Management
- Kids on the spectrum (Special Needs)
this therapist is in network with the following insurance companies:
- Aetna (Not “Optum Behavior Health”)
As a general rule, we do not except secondary insurance.