I have been working as a counselor for 3 1/2 years, and as a Board-Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) for four years. In addition to becoming a full Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in 2017, I am a Licensed Behavioral Analyst (LBA).
As an adolescent, I had a number of experiences with mental health issues, and I became a counselor so that I could help support others with similar issues. I have experience working with many different issues in many different settings, including jails, hospitals, and in the home. I have also conducted trainings on intervention for parents, teachers, and jail staff.
When working with clients, I promote a collaborative and supportive environment with a relaxed, down-to-earth style and an eclectic approach, using such techniques as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused CBT, applied behavior analysis (ABA), mindfulness therapy, or other methods, depending on each client’s particular needs. My initial focus is to identify goals and discuss the background or origins of the issue. From there, I help clients to meet these goals with techniques such as creative activities, education, role-play, practice, or skills training, as well as assignment of activities outside of sessions to reinforce learning.
I work primarily with adolescents and adults, and my major focus areas are trauma, behavioral issues, self-injurious/suicidal ideations and behaviors, bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety.