We often carry around the mental and emotional weight of issues in our relationships, past experiences, traumas, or day-to-day stressors. Over time, this heaviness can begin to cause issues in other areas of our lives and often manifests as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse. Substance abuse is not a problem, it’s a symptom. Many of us carry a deep pain within, and work to hide it behind substance and behavioral addictions. Often what looks like selfish or harmful behavior is really just a person’s best effort at expressing something hidden in themselves.
I am a Certified Addiction Counselor and have worked in the behavioral health field for over 17 years. I have worked with a wide range of patients, including those who are dually-diagnosed with substance use and mental health disorders. I also have extensive experience working in correctional facilities, and inpatient and outpatient treatment settings where the behaviors were associated with substance use. I obtained my Master of Science degree in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University in 2012 and am certified by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counseling.
My areas of specialty are addiction, anxiety, depression, codependency, domestic violence, anger management, antisocial personality, behavioral issues, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, substance abuse, and PTSD. I work with clients of all ages, including teenagers, adults, and older individuals. I am also skilled in working with veterans. My treatment approaches include Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Existential, Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Solution Focused-Brief (SFBT), and Person-Centered Therapies, as well as Motivational Interviewing.
My work is guided by my belief that counseling is a collaborative effort based on trust. I used various methods to tailor an approach for each client. My experience, education, and client-centered approach guide me in being a therapist who is comfortable with counseling diverse groups of people.
I am ready to support you on your journey to embrace change. Together we can explore your strengths to inspire growth and change. You can heal and recover.