Following college, I spent several years working at a non-public elementary school catering to students with significant behavioral and attachment disruptions, which prevented them from excelling in a traditional school environment. This experience taught me the importance of relationships, specifically how the healing of a supportive and nonjudgmental person can increase one’s self concept.
I pursued a Master of Arts in Counseling at George Washington University. During this time, I gained experience in working with individuals who struggled with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and LGBTQ issues. I also began utilizing play therapy during my time at GWU, and worked with children struggling with attachment issues, in the process of adoption, and significant trauma.
I have completed his first year in the doctoral program at the University of North Texas, focusing on play therapy, adolescent therapy, and adult counseling. I conducted play therapy sessions through the Center for Play therapy, providing services in the clinical and school settings. At this time, I am taking a pause at UNT, to provide more on my clinical skills and clients.
When working with teens and adults, I utilize an Adlerian approach. Through this approach, I help clients to examine the goals they have in interacting with others, and the methods they have adapted as a way to achieve these goals. I also utilize Narrative techniques that help clients examine the ways their personal stories influence their behavior. When working with children, I utilizes Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), which allows children the freedom to explore the topics which are most concerning to them through play. Additionally, I also utilize expressive arts interventions in the counseling process.