My Professional Philosophy:
I believe that every child has the ability to learn, grow, and reach their full potential. Counseling is a sensitive process that can help children to gain insight, and a deeper understanding of their life, as well as achieve their personal goals. I strive to create a safe space where they can express themselves freely, while also working towards building self-awareness. My overall counseling approach is integrative and collaborative. I often relate to the humanistic approach of counseling by providing individuals with unconditional positive regard, genuineness, empathy, and empowerment. This allows me to establish trust with the individual, as well as make them feel comfortable and accepted. As therapy progresses, I also identify with the cognitive approach to counseling in which I will gently challenge the way a person thinks as means of broadening their perspectives. I do not provide answers to problems, but rather facilitate the problem solving process.
I have experience working with children in a variety of settings, including being a preschool teacher for several years while completing my studies at Western Michigan University. Throughout my education I had the opportunity to work at WoodsEdge Learning Center, Washington Writers’ Academy, Woodward School for Technology and Research, and Northeastern Elementary.
I have had the privilege of working in multiple programs within Family & Children Services including; Direct Care staff in the Link Program, interning within the Counseling Center, and Crisis Residential Clinician at Glen’s House. In January 2019 I accepted a position as a School-Based Therapist at Edison Environmental Science Academy.
I have always had an interest in working with children and believe that despite their small size, their lives may be filled with big emotions that can be tough to handle. In working with children I believe it’s important to connect with them on their level, meeting them where they are and using their language of play to guide growth and healing. I utilize a variety of play, art, games, mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), modeling, and role play techniques in an effort to get the most out of the therapy experience. I am also interested in animal assisted therapy, and am in the midst of training my own dog to become a certified therapy dog. I believe therapy animals have an innate ability of putting people at ease and giving a sense of comfort in a judgement-free way.
Magellon, Priority Health commercial/Priority Health Medicaid, United Healthcare commercial/United Healthcare Medicaid, and all Medicaid’s.