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.
I studied Human Development and Communication Studies at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and I became fascinated by human behavior. I discovered my passion for helping others there. I loved learning about the family lifecycle and how it evolves over its lifespan. I went on to pursue my graduate training at the University of Florida and earned dual degrees – a Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) and a Master in Education (M.Ed.) – in Marriage and Family Therapy.
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. As part of a clinical team, I provided therapeutic services for an on-site emergency shelter for abused and neglected children. I collaborated with community partners such as the Department of Children and Families. Our job was to ensure and expedite a safe and permanent long-term placement plan for children in the Child Welfare System. I also have experience conducting court-ordered supervised visitation for families involved in the legal system and providing in-home therapeutic services for families at high risk.
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 (7), Charlotte (3), and Frances (1). I have been an avid dog lover since I was a child. I fell in love with the CKSC breed for their sweet disposition, melting expression, and loyal companionship. In 2020, I became involved with AKC Conformation (dog shows) with my youngest, Frances. With limited training opportunities and restricted show events due to COVID-19, we were able to attend a handful of shows in Florida, earning either 1st or 2nd place in her class each show. She is well on her way to becoming a champion!
In recent years, I have discovered the power of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. My yoga practice has been one of my greatest teachers. Patience, endurance, dedication, humility, acceptance, gratitude, and self-compassion are just a few of the lessons I have learned in my practice of yoga. In the summer of 2018, I completed a 60-day Bikram Yoga Challenge. For those of you unfamiliar with Bikram Yoga, this particular type of yoga is intense! Classes are 90-minutes long and include a series of 26 postures led in a room heated to 105 degrees. This was a life-changing experience that led to a lot of self-growth. Yoga allows me to quiet the chatter in my mind (not an easy feat), go within, be still and come face-to-face with myself. It’s a conscious check-in with myself. Where am I today? How am I feeling? What is rumbling around within me that I need to deal with? Sometimes that can be a scary thing to confront. But, I show up anyways. Yoga asks us to become known to one’s self. And I believe knowing oneself is an essential element to healing, growth, and a fulfilling life. Similarly, couples therapy asks each partner to show up and to be brave in the face of relationship adversity.
I also enjoy sitting outside reading books by authors such as Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chodron, and Brene Brown while sipping on a cup of coffee. It's no surprise that I often recommend relevant books to clients. I believe books hold a wealth of knowledge and can be used a springboard for deep, personal self-reflection and discussion
I wholeheartedly believe we all hold the key to our own happiness and possess the power to change our lives for the better. I look forward to supporting you and working together towards achieving your goals.