Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology from Chicago School of Professional Psychology
M.A. in Counseling with an emphasis in Mental Health from Webster University of St. Louis, Missouri
B.S. In Social Psychology from Park University of Parkville, Missouri
Internship at Swope Behavioral Health in Kansas City, Missouri
Internship at The Catalyst Foundation of Healing in Lancaster, California

Specialty/Certifications Training

Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) from the Care Institute of New Jersey; trained by Esther Deblinger, PhD, an internationally-recognized expert in trauma therapies for children and co-founder of the scientifically-supported Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Counseling Experience

Owner – Private Practice  – May 2016 – Present
Performing online, in-home, and face-to-face counseling and coaching services to adults, children, families, and couples, to address various issues.  Some of the issues addressed  include anger management, anxiety, abuse, behavior issues, communication issues, depression, domestic abuse, emotional abuse, emotional disturbance, family conflict, fear, irritability, helplessness, loss and grief,  mood disorders, oppositional defiance, panic, parenting, relationship issues, self-harming, sexual abuse, stress, substance abuse, thinking disorders, trauma, and more.
Therapist II – Oct. 2013 – Apr. 2016
Ozanam – Kansas City, MO
Utilizing the Sanctuary Model, a comprehensive trauma-informed method for creating change and helping individuals heal from traumatic experiences, while providing a broad range of clinical and care coordination services to the youth, families, and staff. Conducting counseling services that include individual, family and group therapy, treatment planning, community services (utilizing Trauma Focus-Cognitive Behavior Therapy), substance abuse counseling (utilizing the Matrix Model), crisis management, discharge planning, diagnostic, assessment, and consultation services. Providing care to clients with behavioral health concerns and/or severe psycho-social stressors. Facilitating activities centered around linking patients to appropriate levels of care both internally and externally. Conducted extensive field work including traveling to client homes, hospitals, alternative placements, and transportation of children for therapy sessions.
Counseling Intern – Sept. 2009 – Feb. 2010
The Catalyst Foundation Healing Center – Lancaster, CA
Conducted initial interview for determination of potential targeted clients. Conducted intake assessments for adults with unresolved childhood trauma, abuse and neglect. Provided individual counseling to clients of diverse populations. Co-facilitated group therapy sessions. Participated in weekly meetings and supervision.
Counseling Intern – June 2008 – Sept. 2008
Swope Parkway Behavioral Health – Kansas City, MO
Conducted initial interview for determination of potential targeted clients. Conducted intake assessments for adults and children. Provided individual counseling to clients of diverse populations. Participated in weekly meetings and staffings.

Relevant Professional Experience

Service Delivery Coordinator / Parent Aide – Mar. 2013 – Dec. 2013
Doxey and Associates, LLC – Kansas City, MO
Provided transportation and supervision of visitation services for parents of children in state custody. Offered emotional support and practical solutions for managing family life. Administered parent education and family educational services.
Community Support Worker April 2008 – June 2008
Comprehensive Mental Health Services – Independence, MO
Conducted case management and prepared treatment plans for adults with mild to severe mental illness and physical disabilities.
Children’s Social Service Worker – Jan. 2006 – Jan. 2007
Missouri Department of Social Services – Kansas City, MO
Delivered and/or coordinated protective services involving neglected, abused, or exploited children; foster care placement; parent services; and/or adoptions. Recorded initial and ongoing case activity, maintained case records, and prepared all required reports. Referred families and children, when necessary, to higher level staff or other community services. Assisted families to attain and maintain their stability through appropriate casework and home management, or referral for more skilled counseling treatment. Provided and/or coordinated, as directed, supervision and visitation to children in foster, adoptive, relative or family care, or other placements. Interacted with law enforcement and juvenile officers, other public officials, and community organizations regarding family and children’s issues. Attended court hearings and meetings related to assigned casework. Maintained liaison with volunteers at the county level involved in the operation of a volunteer program. Conducted extensive field work including traveling to client homes, hospitals, alternative placements, court, and transportation of children.
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