I am a licensed professional counselor with experience in managing client caseloads, facilitating psychotherapy groups, and developing treatment plans while tailoring interventions specific to client needs. I have demonstrated knowledge of animal assisted therapy methods and fostering positive client change. Mainly by utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to counsel clients in areas including suicide, depression, sexual orientation, and gender transitioning, addictions, anxiety, PTSD, family/ relationship issues to name a few.
My Bachelors I obtained from Oakland University is in psychology and my Masters is in Counseling with a specialization in animal- assisted therapy as I love the idea of using animals to help create trust, and openness with someone who may be opposed to the idea of therapy.
I interned at a LGBT providing counseling to those struggling with transitioning, sexual orientation, family and relationship issues, or if someone wanted to engage in counseling in a place they felt was safe and more comfortable for them with zero judgments.
My most recent work experience is working in the corrections environment within a jail. Here I help an array of clients struggling with mainly depression, anxiety, bipolar, addictions, suicidal ideations, and overall coping with what can be a very overwhelming time. Commonly, I help individuals discuss and explore events in their life or decisions which led to their current situation of jail and how to move forward with different coping strategies to improve their lives.
In terms of my overall therapy philosophy I find as a counselor most of my clients have the answers themselves in how to manage different struggles they are going through, they just need help with a light being shed on this and the perspective being expanded. I am not the type of counselor who is going to give answers to you or advice on how to "fix" things, but I will try my best to walk in your shoes and listen, reflect, and explore different ways to manage this.
I believe that each and every person has value and purpose in this world and sometimes what we need most is someone to listen, and be there without placing judgment or opinions like friends or family might do. I like to think that I try to treat each and every one of my clients this way and try to be a counselor that I would want.
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