Importance of Mental Health
Mental health is wealth and, of course, health. I am a strong believer that if we don’t take care of our minds, our other pillars will also decay. I want to enable clients to make their mental health a priority so that they can be truly happy and balance their overall health. My hope for counseling is to guide my clients and be a part of their healing process. Remember, this is a journey.
The counseling environment I create is based on the foundation of unconditional positive regard— meaning that I want my clients to feel heard, respected, and safe. I use the Carl Rogers theory, which is based on the belief that for a person to grow, they need to have an environment that provides genuineness, acceptance, and empathy. I also use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which focuses on change through learning emotional regulation and the development of coping mechanisms. I also apply a psychodynamic focus in order to address the underlying causes of symptoms for long term results.
My passion for helping others was developed in my volunteer work with homeless veterans in high school. The experience showed me that many veterans are struggling mentally and that they need advocacy. This fueled me to complete my bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2017. After receiving my bachelor’s I joined the United States Air Force. The Air Force fortified my passion for mental health, especially in the minority community. I am currently working on my master’s internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University. I have experience working with depression, anxiety, family, and trauma.
I work under the supervision of Isabel Kirk, LPC.