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.