My personal philosophy of counseling is first and foremost client-centered, based on respect for the individual and belief in each person’s intrinsic value. I believe in the potential of the human spirit to rise above painful life situations. I feel that it is my responsibility as a counselor to assess what the clients’ problems are, to offer hope and support, and to empower them to make the necessary changes in their lives so they can reach their goals and realize their full potential. My approach to counseling is also integrative, focusing on the relationship between thinking, feeling, and acting. On a daily basis I help clients think about their personal morals, values, and beliefs and how they affect and shape their identity.
I am a Professional Counselor, licensed by the state of Pennsylvania (LPC) as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I received a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Waynesburg University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology from Penn State University. I have been trained in traditional CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-informed CBT, and PCIT (parent-child interactive therapy).
I counsel adults, adolescents, children, couples and families. My areas of interest include adjustment issues, anxiety disorders, divorce recovery, grief counseling, life transitions, mood disorders, relationship problems, self-esteem issues, and parenting challenges. My counseling style is genuine, direct, and engaging. I partner with clients to increase self-awareness, identify and release restrictive patterns, foster empowerment and encourage positive change. I am experienced with diverse cultures and populations who have experienced a wide variety of life situations.