Education and Background
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland. While studying at Maryland, I became very passionate about the process of therapy, and what aspects of it help people make positive changes in their lives. I began volunteering in research studies investigating this topic, and found over and over again that not only were there numerous benefits to seeking therapy, but that the biggest predictor of therapeutic success across the board was the quality of the bond between the therapist and client! (Here’s a link to a research project I worked on showing this). These findings are very affirming to my own experiences, and is at the very core of how I work as a therapist. That is, I believe in creating outstanding and long-lasting relationships with my clients that thrive on excellence, progress, and respect.
Once completing my studies at Maryland, I went on to attend the University of Miami, where I received my Master’s of Science in Education with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. At the University of Miami, I was trained and worked as an associate therapist at the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling (IIFC), a community-based mental health clinic, where I provided counseling for individuals, couples, and families, as well as children and adolescents throughout Miami. I was also given the opportunity to co-facilitate group therapy for selected Miami high school students at risk for depression and anxiety.
After completing my masters program, I went on to work as an associate therapist at a parent and child emotional wellness center, Stop Parenting Alone ™ where I provided practical support and counseling for parents, as well as play and other forms of child counseling for kids and teens. I additionally helped lead child-parent social emotional groups, and conducted school observations for the children I saw therapeutically. During this time, I also provided social and emotional support for teachers and children through the United Way’s Head Start program as a mental health consultant.
While counseling is my passion, outside the office you’ll likely find me taking advantage of the beautiful Miami weather with my amazing partner and our dog, Brooklyn. We also love to travel, and are very much looking forward to doing so once things become a bit safer for all of us. Other hobbies of mine include practicing yoga, painting, and baking for fun!