Meet The Therapist...

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About Me

 
 
From my own life experiences I was taught the value of having a safe place to share my hurts and seek healing. I believe in the power of compassion and sharing our burdens with each other to make them just a little bit lighter. I have an admiration for the resiliency and strengths that can be found within all people. Entering into a person's journey is something that I treat with dignity, respect, and as a privilege. I find it incredibly rewarding to be a firsthand witness of a client's freedom from having a transformation they never imagined was possible. I have a strong belief and faith in God simply from the ways I have felt His presence in my life. In fact, I named my practice "Serenity Haven" after the Serenity Prayer which states "God grant me the serenity, to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." This prayer has significant meaning to me and has been a help to my heart throughout many life challenges. However, I am completely non-judging and I welcome people of all stages of faiths and varying beliefs. I believe the essence of faith will include some level of an uncertainty and doubt to find peace with. I desire to be a soundboard for someone deconstructing their faith and trying to find resolve. I am a proud military wife and enjoy the opportunity to work with and support our military families. I approach both life and work with sincerity, honesty, and a large sense of humor.
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Experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I graduated from the University of South Florida with both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Social Work. I have 7 years of experience in the mental health field. I am certified in Prepared and Enriched to provide couples counseling (pre-marital or marital.) My experience has ranged in various places with various populations. I have worked in medical environments collaborating with physicians to provide therapy to their patients, treating mainly Generalized Anxiety and Major Depression. I have also worked in community mental health facilities treating more severe mental illnesses, providing trauma therapy to individuals, and facilitating trauma groups. I have worked in correctional facilities to provide a rehabilitative approach to institutionalized adolescents. I assisted youth in healing from their traumas and preparing them to reintegrate into society in a healthier way that promotes their success. I have worked in hospitals and provided crisis counseling, arranged Baker Acts, and provided case management needs. I have experience working in pregnancy centers assisting in crisis situations and facilitating women through healing groups. I have been fortunate to transition into private practice where I can draw off of these variations of experiences and offer a wide array of services to adolescents and adults.