I am an Florida (Windermere) based therapist providing counselling and support services to people in the Orlando metropolitan area - as well as interstate and internationally by telephone or virtual sessions (zoom, Skype or teams etc).
I believe in taking a holistic approach, looking at the 'big picture' - I do not take a blanket approach to apply one treatment type, assuming one technique, theory or therapy type fits all as some practitioners may do. While I believe in treating the immediate symptoms, it's very important to also evaluate the underlying causes of the issue(s) so you are better prepared in the future as well. Band-aids often fall off!
Part of my holistic approach aims to address the following key goals:
• Inspire effective problem-solving
• Alleviate stress & distress and identify better coping mechanisms
• Support personal achievement and build resilience
• Improve relationships and learn how to better communicate with those around us
• Promote physical well-being & life-balance
• Encourage greater self-awareness and build insight to initiate positive, lasting change
• Identify and challenge irrational thoughts
• Assist in the development of goal-setting and how to achieve them
I also believe the process of 'mindfulness', a strategy of being in the 'here and now' is very useful especially in treating anxiety, depression, reducing stress, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, depression and addictions. I often use a combination of CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and other modalities.
Master of Social Work (Qualifying), Monash University (Australia)
Grad Dip Counselling, Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP)
Grad Dip Psychology, University of Melbourne (Australia)
BFA Fine Art, Syracuse University, NY, USA
I am presently based in the Orlando, Florida area, after returning to the USA after residing overseas in Australia for the last 20 years. I continue to provide virtual therapy to clients worldwide.
In addition to being a therapist, I am also a fine artist and musician, which lends well in therapy, as art can be an alternative form of expression, especially when dealing with sensitive topics or when it may be difficult to find a voice to express or label something. This is especially useful when working with children. I am also a mother of two children and understand the challenges (and joys) parenting can bring.
I am also a trauma-informed therapist, with a great deal of experience working with those that may be experiencing Post Traumatic Stress, including working with first-responders, asylum seekers, refugees, and those with other traumatic experiences such as abuse, family violence and more.
I would love the opportunity to speak to you to find out how I can assist you in your journey.
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