I am currently a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) working toward my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have a background working in the human services field with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Most recently, I worked with children in foster care who have been abused and neglected and those adults that have abused them. My previous experiences have allowed me to create and maintain a non-judgmental, therapeutic environment where it is understood we are all unique individuals with our own values, beliefs, history, and degree to which we identify with various cultures that shape our view of the world. I believe that respect and honesty in the counseling relationship has made it possible for me to build positive therapeutic relationships with my clients and has led to positive outcomes for them as well.
Empowering clients to change unhealthy behaviors into positive ones by utilizing encouragement, mindfulness, and healing from past trauma are a priority in my counseling as an intern. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is my therapeutic approach of choice, as it is evidence-based, works effectively with many conditions, and focuses on positivity. I have worked with several clients, and I’d like to think that I have helped them not only make better choices but to also see the collateral beauty in their struggles.