I believe that everyone has the right and ability to pursue life, liberty and happiness. Change and optimal personal growth are important to me. Recognizing self-awareness acts as an essential base for personal growth. I hope every individual served desires change and a healthy positive lifestyle. I focus on positive, strength-based approaches that consider the many forces and factors that make us holistic individuals. I believe that living life takes courage and often we need assistance to re-focus our life’s direction and support through difficult times. Motivation and momentum are also potential benefits that counseling can create with individuals. I assist individuals with short-term, goal oriented, and positive treatment. I know quality treatment services work in a collaborative nature with the individual, the counselor, our Family & Children team, and the community resources for a healthy, safe approach.
I have had the opportunity to work with diverse people with substance abuse & co-occurring issues. I have worked with adolescent and adult males and females. Special populations I have served include parolees with mental health issues, homeless individuals, males returning to society from incarceration, domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. I have worked within a substance abuse facility and provided outpatient services. I am certified with Women’s Specialty Services and offer Moral Recognition Therapy. I also have knowledge and experience preforming Driver License Restoration evaluations, advocating with judges; plus conducting driver impaired classes & groups. I have done Public speaking with Marshall High School and the Calhoun Area Career Center (CACC) on substance abuse. I acted as an Advisor for the Parole and Probation departments Steering Committee as they worked on integrating individuals back into the community from incarceration. Other projects I have been involved with include: the University of Michigan Prison Art program and iPod broadcasting for prisoners. I received the “Spirit of Detroit Award”, “State of Michigan Special Tribute”, and the “Congressional Recognition” in 2011.
My interests are in assisting others with developing recovery skills, setting and maintaining boundaries with others, and creating and following schedules. I assist individuals in utilizing Mindfulness techniques and cognitive thought processing in order to move on to the next phase in life. I enjoy working with individuals who are homeless, paroled, addicted, and experiencing mental health issues. I am interested in providing services to individuals, adults and adolescents.
I have a Paralegal degree specializing in Criminal Law, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Bachelors in Social Work, and a Masters in Clinical Social Work. I have completed the Fundamentals of Substance Abuse, the SPEC Test (Special Population with Diversity in substance abuse), CACD-IC&RC (International Addiction Specialist). I also carry a CCS (Clinical Clinician Supervisor).