I graduated from Fordham University with my Masters’s in Social Work. I worked in a public school with elementary-aged students. I received training across a variety of settings. My training includes facilitating a divorce support group for children and working with students in a special ed setting. I have experience working with children diagnosed with anxiety and depression. While working with children, I place emphasis on play therapy. I understand that it can be intimidating for a child to speak with someone they have never met before especially regarding sensitive topics.
Play therapy can make the child feel comfortable and secure while in counseling. One of my main goals when working with children is increasing their positive self-esteem. This, to me, is essential in helping children overcome anxiety and depression and help children navigate life-stressors. Increasing mindfulness is also one of the main goals when working with children. Assisting children to understand the importance of the mind-body connection is something I found to be helpful.
In addition to working with children, I have also worked in a community center working with adults of all ages in both group and individual settings. I am trained in and employ cognitive behavioral therapy and crisis intervention as well as trauma-informed therapy. I am a firm believer in the importance of self-care. My goal when working with clients is to provide a judgment-free space to allow clients to feel comfortable expressing themselves. I believe that counseling should be a healing space where the client is validated and comforted. That healing space to me is the groundwork for giving the client tools to help them overcome challenges. When working with adults, one of my main goals is to focus on making a plan to help enhance their well-being. I will personalize that plan to the client’s needs and the goals they wish to accomplish in counseling. I am dedicated to providing empathetic, client-centered care. My ultimate goal is to make my clients feel like they are supported in their lives.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
Remember the sun always rises !