By applying a supportive, compassionate, and caring approach, I help my clients use multiple tools to enhance and maintain their quality of life.
As your counselor, my goal is to engage you in co-creating an active treatment plan that is directly related to your identified concerns, issues and needs. I will guide you through the multiple layers of life's maze of twists and turns that include situations and experiences, feelings and emotions, thoughts, choices, and decision-making. Together we will make progress and move forward toward your desired outcome.
I do not prescribe to any particular counseling theory; thus I utilize therapeutic intervention techniques that fit or work with you. However, I tend to use one or more of the following therapeutic techniques in each session: cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, insight-based, person-centered (supportive), reality therapy, orientation, solution-focused, and validation.
While my therapeutic specialty is working with adults and older adults who often have medical/health concerns, I am a generalist practitioner for individual (adults), couples, and family counseling/therapy. Treatment areas include: adjustment difficulties, aging concerns, anxiety/nervousness/worry, anger management, decreased health, depression/sadness/low mood, communication issues, disease specific issues, fatigue, forgetfulness, grief and loss, memory loss/confusion, life changes and transitions, life coaching, reduction in activities, and stress management.
I also offer psychological assessments/evaluations for consideration when a patient is seeking alternate approaches to conservative medical therapy and a psychological examination is required, e.g., when a patient is seeking alternate pain management therapies. This does require a physician order/referral.
I am a Medicare assignment provider and accept various insurance carriers. I offer reasonable rates for private-pay clients.
Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) -- Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) from Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; Certificate in Health Systems Management from Weatherhead School of Management
Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with Supervisor credential for students and registered interns seeking licensure
Member of NASW with ACHP-SW credentials (Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker)
ATTP certification (Allied Interdisciplinary Team Training) for Parkinson Disease through the National Parkinson Foundation
Co-owner of Clear Choice Elder Health Care Solutions, LLC (case/care management and elder healthcare advisory services)
Adjunct Faculty as Field Advisor at Barry University School of Social Work, Fort Myers Campus, and Field Instructor/Faculty Liaison at FGCU Department of Social Work
Former Ohio and Florida Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Work Experience: Social Worker/Counselor in skilled nursing facilities, hospital, home care, and hospice. Administrator in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities