Finding the Right Therapist is Important
You've spent a lot of time searching online, reading through counselor profiles, and visiting websites to see if you can find a counselor who can provide you with the expertise you are seeking and has a personality that vibes well with you.
I'd like to share with you the type of client(s) I tend to have the most success in helping, so you can quickly determine if we'd be a good fit.
They are open to change
They are committed to putting in the time and work this process requires
They complete tasks in-between sessions
They appreciate me interjecting, at times, to reframe communication
They don't mind when I include humor, when appropriate
They see me as a human - sometimes I make up my own words
I strive to be the kind of therapist that I would want to see.
I have a straight-forward approach and will be an advocate for each person involved in the counseling process - I do not take sides. I also do not tip-toe around issues, as difficult or embarrassing as it may be to talk about.
My goal in counseling is to become obsolete - meaning that I will be temporary in your life to assist in difficult times or preparing for big transitions to get you the results you are seeking while learning life-long skills. Clients are with me anywhere from 3-12 months.
My Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA) - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
John Carroll University, University Heights, OH
Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Communication Studies
Kent State University, Kent, OH
My graduate program not only included clinical coursework but also 700 hours of practical training and supervision. My client sessions were video recorded and analyzed with my clinical supervisor to ensure I was a competent counselor entering the field.
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor - Supervisor in the state of Ohio (E.1000648-SUPV). I have passed national exams and am able to provide clinical supervision to graduate-level students and new counselors. I am also a Board-Certified TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH).
My career began in Human Resources and quickly moved into career development work at a business school for a local university. It was then that I began my master's program while working full-time -- crazy, I know. While working I obtained a certification in Executive Coaching. I also became a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI® ) Practitioner and a Certified Career Counselor.
I then moved into a public library setting and provided career counseling and facilitated educational programs in the community while also working in private practice on the side, gaining clinical experience.
I began immersing myself in Gottman Couples Therapy and have completed all three levels of clinical training along with becoming a Certified Gottman Educator to teach the "7 Principles of Making a Marriage Work" and "Bringing Home Baby" programs.
In early 2019, I began to realize I could run a counseling business on my own and opened the doors on October 14, 2019 (Canadian Thanksgiving - yes I have family that lives there and I like hockey).
I am a lifelong learner, enjoy reading (non-fiction of course!), my exercising goes in spurts, I get lost in cooking and baking, and now I love having the freedom and flexibility over my work schedule.
I hope this information is helpful for you in determining if I might be the right therapist for you.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
If I’m not the right fit for you, I will gladly help you find another therapist who might be a better fit for you.