I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH #7262), who has been working in the counseling field for over 22 years (at Masters’ level 15 of those years) and who has been in private practice for 8 years. In private practice, I work with many different populations including children, adults, couples and families. Although the majority of my clients have trauma and abuse issues and addiction issues, I also work with individuals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger management issues, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, and eating disorders. Moreover, I periodically facilitate sexual abuse survivor groups, eating disorder groups and recovery from alcohol and drug addiction groups.
Prior to going into private practice, I worked in many agencies and rehabilitation centers, where I specialized in working with abused populations (sexual, physical and emotional/verbal abuse) and working with alcohol/substance abuse addicts in recovery. Throughout the years, I developed a client-centered approach which is pragmatic and eclectic. Meaning, my approach is tailored to the client needs and not necessarily to a particular theoretical paradigm.
Educationally, I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Miami, and my Masters (M.S.) and Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Psychology from Florida International University. Besides also having my LMHC degree, I am a Qualified Supervisor in the State of Florida. Meaning, I can provide supervision to other mental health counselors seeking licensure in this state. Furthermore, for many semesters I have served as an Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University, teaching graduate–level psychology courses at this university. I also conduct Mental Health, Immigration, and Substance Abuse assessments.