As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida, I am passionate about working with people to move towards healing and wholeness. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. My office provides a warm, supportive environment that will allow you and your loved ones to openly express concerns and feelings while learning how to strengthen your bond.
I draw on a variety of complementary therapeutic approaches such as Family Systems Theories, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. I also incorporate mindfulness training and the healing power of the breath in my work with clients.
I received my Education Specialist (Ed.S.) and Masters in Education (M.Ed.) in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Florida and my Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Communication Studies from Eckerd College. I currently hold professional membership with Southwest Florida Association for Family Law Professionals.
After completing my graduate training in Gainesville, FL, I explored and lived in other areas of Florida deciding where to settle down. It didn’t take long before I realized my roots were calling me and I returned back to my hometown of Naples, FL to create new roots. When I am not working, it is a sure bet you can find me spending quality time with my beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Henry and Gracie. Henry is my Tri-color little boy who has spunk and character. He loves playing fetch and going for walks. Gracie is my Blenheim girl and she is a true angel. Gracie never leaves my side and loves giving kisses. I also enjoy sitting outside reading books by authors such as Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chodron, and Brene Brown while sipping on a delicious cup of herbal tea. Spending time with family and friends is very important to me and I hold these relationships near and dear to my heart.
Prior to private practice, I worked extensively with families, couples, and children with histories of trauma, abuse, and addiction in a variety of community mental health agencies. The decision to begin my own practice was rooted in my strong desire to provide excellent, effective couples and family therapy to my community. I was privileged to have had a life changing experience in therapy as a teen. It was this experience that inspired me to go into the helping profession. I understand what it is like to be on the other side of the couch. Thus, I have the highest regard for my role as therapist and acknowledge the courage it takes for each and every client walking through my door.
I wholeheartedly believe we all hold the key to our own happiness and possess the power to change our lives for the better. With my support and guidance, we will collaboratively work towards achieving your goals. Are you ready? Contact me today to schedule an appointment.
I'd like to introduce the newest member of our family...Charlotte! We welcomed Charlotte into our home in February 2018. She is all SPUNK! A black and tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Charlotte is the most outgoing of my pack. She enjoys meeting new people and has a canny ability to make new friends quickly. Gracie and Henry have adapted very well to their new little sister. They have taught her the "ropes" and embraced her with open paws and hearts.