Effective therapy is a journey in which people identify the reasons behind their choices, then are subsequently able to make adjustments that better their health and optimize their strengths. As a therapist I hope to walk along side you as you explore your purpose for being and doing. The concept that drives my approach to therapy is that, “We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others.” (Blaise Pascal)
Starting out in my career I worked for several years with adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system and residential treatment programs. In these settings the primary focus of treatment was depression, ADHD, sexually reactive behaviors, as well as general behavioral and emotional problems. While working in the residential treatment setting I completed clinical training for the treatment of sexually reactive adolescents, and was also trained to implement an empirically based behavior modification program for oppositional defiant children. I have extensive experience in both counseling and case management with adolescents and their families.
After several years of work in the mental health field, I began work on a Masters degree in Social Work through Virginia Commonwealth University. During graduate school I completed two year-long professional internships. One was with Fairfax County Detoxification Center, serving clients who were going through withdrawals from drugs and alcohol and connecting them to longer-term treatment options. I continued to work as an employee of the Detoxification center for two years post internship. The second professional internship was with a local private practice. In this setting I conducted assessments and provided individual, couples, and family therapy to persons of all ages.
My other work and volunteer experience includes program development, spiritual and life counseling to youth, as well as organization of international and local community outreach events. I have had to privilege to be involved with national advocacy for improving the quality of the continuum of care for adolescents and families involved with residential treatment. Most recently I have volunteered with Fellowship of Christian Athletes for Loudoun County as a character coach and in event planning/coordination.
With IIAT I work with clients age ten and up in both individual and family sessions, co-facilitate Dual Diagnosis Recovery Program groups and offer community presentations. I design treatment and services around the needs of each client. My areas of specialty are depression, anxiety and addictions.