I started my counseling career working with adults who struggled with addiction. During this time I was trained in 7-Challenges, Motivational Interviewing and a number of other addiction treatment modalities.
With an interest in being proactive against addiction, I left the Adult population and began working with children, as a School Based Therapist. Here I was trained in Play-Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Reality Therapy, DBT, Positive Behavior Supports, Mindfulness and Solution Focused treatments. I worked with a number of children on the Autism Spectrum as well as of whom struggled with self-harm, depression, anxiety, impulse control and anger.
For the last four years, I have been the clinical supervisor at a Therapeutic School. I also helped develop multiple summer programs geared towards special needs kids. Here it became apparent that Family Dynamics play a huge part in our development as individuals and in our ability to thrive.
Over time, I also became interested in the ACE study and how Trauma impacts development. As such I earned a certification in Trauma Informed Care and Prolonged Exposure.
To further my understanding of Autism I took courses in the Social Communication Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support (SCERT) model and became certified to do the ADOS-2 assessment, for Autism.
Prior to starting my career in counseling, I was enlisted in the U.S. Navy, as a Damage Controlman (DC). After four years as a DC (AKA Navy Fire Fighter), on board the USS Porter DDG-78, I attended / completed the Navy Master at Arms program and became a Military Police Officer. During this time I was tasked with supporting military families and handling domestic violence calls as well as monitoring security on base. My experience in the military has given me a very diverse background and has shown me the importance of a strong community.