I have been working in the counseling field for more than 20 years, starting as a school counselor with K-12 students in both public and private school settings. I had the opportunity to add college counseling and family therapy work as I expanded my training, and enjoy working with a variety of counseling concerns. My current practice focuses on individual counseling across the lifespan. I have served as a clinical faculty member at The College of William & Mary and continue to work collaboratively with their Counselor Education program, the Center for Gifted Education, and New Horizons Family Counseling Center. In addition, I serve as a core faculty member for Walden University's accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, which allows me to work with diverse students across the globe.
I earned both my Bachelor's and Doctorate degrees at The College of William & Mary (Go TRIBE!), and my Master's degree from Old Dominion University. I focused on both community mental health and school counseling during my initial counseling studies, and then added counselor education and family therapy work during my doctoral studies.
My approach with clients is grounded in a humanistic worldview that upholds the potential of each individual to grow and move forward along unique developmental paths. In my counseling work I strive to create an environment in which the client can explore that potential and make positive changes for the areas in their life in which they are struggling. I utilize an integrative approach, individually tailored to the needs of each client, drawing from person-centered, existential, solution focused, and cognitive behavioral techniques and theories. My role is one of a knowledgeable collaborator in facilitating growth and continued development for the clients I serve.
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