I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor . My practice is located in Naples, FL.
I have a vast amount of professional experience working with people of all ages. Over the past 20 years, I have worked as a private practitioner, college counselor, public school art teacher,and sexual health educator. I am experienced in treating a wide range of emotional issues.
Although I conceptualize cases from a psychodynamic perspective (relationship oriented therapy that focuses on identifying self-defeating patterns of behavior), I take an eclectic approach to assisting clients. I believe no single approach is right for everyone.
I pay particular attention to a client's family of origin. It may be difficult to recognize the impact your family currently has on the way you navigate and address problems. This is not to blame or to find fault with family traditions or ways of relating, but to help you better understand how family relationships might have an impact on self defeating behaviors.
I have a particular interest in working with underrepresented populations and I relate well to those who often feel mistreated or misunderstood by others. Most clients respond favorably to my counseling methods and my ability to provide a warm, genuine, supportive environment that allows for the most positive change and growth!
Privacy and Health Insurance: Because some insurance companies have developed a reputation for doing a poor job of managing the needs of both patients and health care providers, I am particular about the companies with whom I work. Unfortunately some health insurance plans are geared more towards denying rather than approving necessary mental health services. Many will request very personal patient information before pre-approving sessions. This information becomes a part of the patient's permanent medical record - for better or worse!