About Affirming Words Counseling
Welcome to my practice. I am a licensed mental health counselor who has worked with youth for over 25 years, been a therapist for over 18 years, and supervised teams and clinical programs for the last 6 years. I firmly believe all people have the power and the ability to heal themselves. I believe my clients know themselves best and thus within possess the tools needed to make dynamic life changes. I have a passion for narrative therapy, story, poetry, creative writing and music. My role as a counselor is to assist in this process by providing compassion, patience, non-judgment, and when needed, the appropriate push, direction, and insight that will guide you towards improving self-awareness and achieving your personal goals. I view therapy as a collaborative and sacred process that is built on the foundations of openness, trust, and safety.
I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Rutgers University in 2004 and my Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2007. I have worked in residential, out-patient, corrections, and acute-psychiatric settings with adults, children, adolescents, and families, dealing with issues including anxiety, depression, self-esteem/self-worth, trauma, grief and loss, addictions, intensive mental health, dual-diagnosis, and relationship issues/couples/family therapy. Some additional specialized populations I have served are juvenile offenders, developmental disabilities, human trafficking, LGBTQ, and HIV/chronic health issues.
I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern working towards licensure in the state of Florida. I have clinical experience working with justice-involved adolescents and their families, victims of crime, and neurodivergent people of all ages. My approach to counseling is integrative, individualized, and built upon unconditional positive regard, authenticity, and emotional safety. Specific modalities and techniques I utilize in my approach are Motivational Interviewing, Socratic Questioning, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I am trained in Aggression Replacement Training and Moral Reconation Therapy.
I am a registered clinical social work intern. I am currently working as a school social worker and clinical therapist. I operate from the belief that we are all the experts in our own life. My goal as your therapist is to walk alongside you for this part of your journey, providing a safe and nonjudgmental environment to learn and grow. I enjoy using creative outlets such as visual arts and journaling with my clients, as well as utilizing relational and psychodynamic theories.
I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University and my Masters Degree in Social Work with a clinical concentration from Florida Atlantic University. I have experience working in outpatient drug rehabilitation, the public school system, and community mental health centers with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Populations I have worked with frequently include individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, anxious/avoidant attachment styles, codependency, and self esteem. Other specific populations I have worked with include women experiencing divorce, first generation students/children of immigrants, and individuals from Spanish speaking families.