Life is a journey of rocky and winding roads with daily stressors, transitions, hopelessness, pain, grief, and loss. Often, we feel as if we are traveling alone. As a fellow traveler, I am committed to embarking on this journey with you. I provide a safe, warm, and non-judgmental environment using a multicultural lens that allows me to customize therapy to meet your needs. I see you and meet you exactly where you are, and with whatever you bring.
Together, we will explore the painful and overwhelming thoughts and emotions that prevent you from living a full and meaningful life. We will collaborate to establish and achieve goals to enhance your mind, body, and spirit. You can be well, healthy, and whole.
I am a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern pursuing state licensure under the supervision of Dr. Tracey Morse. I graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Auburn University in 2017. Prior to earning my doctorate degree, I received a Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2014, also from Auburn University. I am a nationally certified counselor and a member of the American Counseling Association, the Florida Counseling Association and the national and regional Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. I have worked in several agencies serving diverse individuals who have experienced trauma, sexual assault and abuse; detained youth with maladaptive coping strategies; and couples and families.
We are knowledgeable on empirically-validated treatments and use these, along with researched measures of change to track progress. We also employ psychological assessment to clarify concerns where needed. We actively track progress by seeking feedback from you about what is going well and what is not working in counseling.
Counseling is more helpful when you feel comfortable with and understood by your therapist. This is why we offer a free brief phone consultation for all potential new clients. As with all relationships, not everyone is compatible. This consultation will help you know whether our style and skills are a good fit for your particular goals.
We pride ourselves on our efforts to be supportive allies to members of marginalized communities. We work hard to understand your life experiences in a larger cultural context, being willing to explore the ways in which we may be different to ensure that these differences don't blind us to your reality.
Counseling and Therapy for Adults
We are not members of any health insurance plans because we strongly value confidentiality and autonomy. Insurance companies often require details about your mental health and treatment and often determine the type and length of mental health care you receive. We are not willing to compromise your privacy or care by sharing this information with the staff of insurance companies. However, we will support you should you decide to seek reimbursement from your insurer by providing you with documentation that you can file upon request.
“First tell yourself what kind of person you want to be, then do what you have to do…” – Epictetus. As a psychologist trainee, I am open to learning and gathering experiences that assist in the type of professional I want to be. When working with clients, this openness to understanding while crafting yourself to be a fuller, more accomplished, or desired version of yourself inspires me to support your journey and motivation for change and progress. I understand that the road can be long and the work can be difficult, but I approach our time together as a team. We celebrate the successes together; we work through the barriers together.
I am currently a 4th year doctoral student at FSU’s Combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology Ph.D. Program. At Morse Therapy Group I am supervised by Dr. Morse. I have had clinical experiences that span multiple settings that include community mental health, community crisis intervention and suicide prevention, inpatient care and assessments, ADHD coaching, and career counseling. I work primarily with college students and adults who have difficulties with depression, anxiety, and adjusting from experiences.
I am also currently a service member of the Florida Army National Guard. I was able to complete ROTC through the University of Florida ROTC Program and eventually work up to join my current unit at 3-20th Special Forces Group (Airborne). I have student affiliations with the American Psychological Association, American Association of Suicidology, and Florida Psychological Association. As a fourth year Ph.D. student at FSU in the Combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology Program, I am supervised by Dr. Morse.
As a psychologist, my approach to therapy is active, direct and authentic. I provide and solicit lots of feedback as a part of therapy. I utilize psychological testing to develop a treatment plan as well as to track progress.
I have worked with individuals from all walks of life from college students to individuals coping with severe mental illness. I have worked with people who struggle with depression, anxiety, relationships, life transitions (e.g., career, parenting, divorce, etc.), self harm behaviors and recovery from trauma.
I graduated in 2007 with a doctoral degree in clinical psychology (PhD) from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). I also completed an APA accredited internship at the University of Utah Counseling Center and a post-doctoral residency at Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee.
I currently serve as an officer for the Capital Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association. I am also a member of the American Psychological Association.