After spending almost a decade working for the federal government, I decided on a career change. My passion is to help people, and I wanted to work in a field where I can meet with the people I’m helping, instead of solely processing paperwork. In January 2013, I started my graduate studies through Liberty University, and graduated with my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in September 2017.
During the last year of my academic studies, I completed my practicum and internship at Woodbridge Therapy Group, a private practice in Woodbridge, Virginia. During that experience, I saw individual clients – children, adolescents, and adults – and enjoyed meeting a variety of people from different backgrounds and issues. I also saw couples during my internship, and assisted with planning and conducting group therapy offered to children and adolescents twice per week.
I lean towards cognitive behavioral therapy in my approach. While this approach makes the most sense to me as a person, it is also backed by empirically-based research and I have seen its benefits in my clients. However, I have pulled from other theories and approaches based on the needs of my clients and what works best for them.
I view therapy as a collaboration. I am not here to dictate how to live your life – instead, I want us to work together to achieve your goals! My only goal is to provide a safe, caring, and nonjudgmental environment for you to feel comfortable to open up about what’s going on.
I am currently a resident in counseling under the supervision of Thomas Lamp, LPC, working towards licensure as a professional counselor in the state of Virginia.
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