My Professional Philosophy:
During many years of working with children and their families, I have learned that lives are often cluttered with challenges and emotional difficulties that create barriers to good relationships, school and career success, and personal happiness. I pursued a second career in counseling so I could help people to address these issues in order to achieve their personal goals. On my way to becoming a counselor, I worked with parents wanting to give their babies and toddlers the best start possible, and with families experiencing problems serious enough to require court involvement. Both of these experiences revealed insights into the importance of families and the impact of childhood experiences on which we become. What I have learned enhances my ability to hear your story and offer you the help you seek.
Working with traumatized children and their families to learn new ways to cope and heal is an interest of mine. This includes conducting trauma assessments which provide information and recommendations for caregivers and service providers regarding the impact that a history of trauma has had on the life of a child. I was a teacher for many years, specializing in assisting children with academic challenges. I was Early Intervention Specialist, working with families with young children. I am Certified as a Trauma and Loss Clinical Specialist by the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children.
Aetna, Beechstreet, BC/BS, BCN, Ceridian EAP, Cofinity, Coventry, DHS, Great West healthcare, Horizon Behavioral Health, Humana, Magellan, McLaren Medicaid, Meridian Medicaid, Multiplan, Oakland Family Services, NGS, PHCS, PPOM, Priority Health, Smarthealth, United Behavioral Health/ United Healthcare, Value Options.