I completed my undergraduate degree at Florida State University, and followed that with a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health at Stetson University, where I was a two-time recipient of the George Hood Scholarship for academic excellence in the Stetson University Counseling Masters Program. I am also an active member of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honors Society, the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC). I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and hold my practice up to the ethical and professional standards set forth by all the listed associations. I have presented on Stetson University’s campus on Robert Fowler’s Theory of Spiritual Development and the expressive technique of Spiritual LifeMaps. And as a supplement to my Clinical Mental Health degree, I also hold certification as Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) with the International Association of Trauma Professionals. I am driven to provide the most effective and well-researched approach to treating the impact trauma has on the neurobiology and integrative health of my clients.
Outside of formal academia, I’m also a Certified Yoga Teacher affiliated with the Baptiste Power Yoga approach, and currently teach yoga in the Orlando area. My experience as a leader in the Central Florida wellness community inspires my personal and professional identity as an integrative mental health therapist.
Additionally, I hold Certification in Food, Nutrition and Health from University of Central Florida, and promote the connection between mental health and dietary habits. My Masters Research involved an exploration into nutritional psychiatry, the detrimental psychological effects of a poor diet and the conversely beneficial effects of a nutritionally robust diet. Both personally and professionally, I honor the connection between mind, body, and spirit, and find that exploring the complete lifestyle of a client often leads to otherwise unknown access points for clinical intervention.