I have a BS in Psychology from The University of Central Florida and an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College.
I regard my counseling philosophy and approach as holistic, meaning that I address individual’s concerns with their thinking, emotional dynamics, physical effects, and spiritual outlooks when treating the whole of you.
I include many techniques depending on the needs of the client. I favor supporting you in the here and now but will refer to your past with the hope to facilitate change for your future. Nonetheless, I recognize that sometimes we need to change without thinking about the past or the future, so I am prepared to work with you to make needed cognitive and or behavior changes with just a focus on the present.
I have developed an approach to therapy that fits my holistic style. I consider it eclectic, meaning that I pull from many disciplines. I follow existential therapy where the client through their thought processes attempts to find meaning in their life. I believe that all people are capable of change and strive to become the best that they can be, which lies in the beliefs of Person-Centered Therapy. Consequently, Gestalt therapy is a factor in my approach because I want to help and treat the whole person, which is considered holistic approach and focuses on the here and now. Subsequently, through insight and use of Cognitive Behavioral techniques, we can work on changing any maladaptive beliefs and/or behaviors.
My goal is to help an individual identify and focus on their personal goals by raising the individual’s awareness in order to discover their personal meaning, growth potentials, and psychological health. I sincerely think that everyone’s spirituality, race, culture, gender, and sexual/affectional orientation must be valued, because these remain as vital components that compose who we are. As a counselor, I avoid imposing my personal values on you while counseling.
Frequently, inconsistencies concerning what you think and feel and how you interact with others are a cause of difficulty as well as the motivation for change. Consequently, I would apply my education, learned life skills, and unconditional positive regard to support you in effecting your desired change.
Because we are in this relationship together, I believe that more can be accomplished when we work as equals. Accordingly, I consider you as the expert on you and my responsibility is to assist you in discovering the answers you seek through exploration of yourself. I believe that I need to be my authentic-self during our sessions and I value honesty and empathy when building a therapeutic relationship.