I have worked professionally in the counseling field for over 15 years and have worked in both clinical and educational settings in New York and Florida. I am trained in understanding the complexities of maternal mental health, family systems, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders. My approach is collaborative and meet each client where they are.
I am also a mom and I'm aware of some of the most exciting moments motherhood brings as well as the challenges parents face daily: including perinatal mood disorders, parenting challenges, parenting a special needs child, and change of life issues. I am passionate about helping adults, teens, and children explore concerns specific to themselves, and help them discover the tools necessary for a more balanced life.
MS - Mental Health Counseling, St. Thomas University
I was born and raised in New York City. As I was growing up I was aware of my surroundings and noticed how life can just happen, one minute things can fall into place nicely and how in an instant all that can change. I saw how people would become "stuck" in life by holding on to the past, anger, pain, and resentment. If I can be of support to help someone become "unstuck" and develop a healthier perspective on the world that's what motivated me to become a mental health professional. I believe we all have strengths, talents, and skills that can be used to overcome life's challenges.
What helps my emotional well-being is taking the time each morning to read a spiritual devotional with a nice cup of warm coffee and morning prayers. It helps me better understand and deal with daily life in a more attainable way by giving myself "grace."
Help Club for Moms books is what I have been reading the past two years! They are spiritual study books that help aid in spiritual and personal growth. The books provides resources for moms, mom tips, how to create a Christ like home for your family.
Champions for Champions, Inc. provides inclusive programs and services for individuals with all abilities. They exist to serve people with special needs and their families by facilitating and providing educational, social, sports, music, arts, job training, and life skill programs.
What helps me truly recharge is physical activity, meditation, and yoga. I usually have to be intentional with my physical activity because I can easily try to talk myself out of working out. What helps is reminding myself how I feel after that motivates me to continue. Meditation and yoga provides me with a space to just be still and reflect. I have a busy lifestyle as a mother of two and one having a disability that I make time to take care of myself. In order to continue to take care of others I first have to take care of me. It's not selfish at all. That was something I struggled with a lot in the past feeling quality for taking time for myself and I am still working on maintaining good self-care.
I was raised with dogs and just love animals in general. My family and I have a dog named Bear. He is a mixed of a Maltese and Shih Tzu but looks like a little brown bear. My oldest daughter has a physical disability and I remember walking into the Puppy Palace, and I noticed Bear right away. The owner took out a couple of puppies and instantly Bear ran towards my oldest daughter. I knew that was our dog and he has been such a blessing to our family especially the relationship he has with my oldest daughter.
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