Importance of Mental Health
Mental health is wealth and, of course, health. I firmly believe that if we don’t care for our minds, our other self-care pillars will also decay. I want to enable clients to prioritize their mental health so 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 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 developing coping mechanisms.
My passion for helping others was developed in my volunteer work with homeless veterans in high schoo
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 need advocacy. My volunteer work motivated me to complete my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of West Florida. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I joined the United States Air Force, which I currently serve. In the Air Force, I am a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response victim advocate and teach classes regarding suicide prevention. In addition, I received my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University. I have experience working with teenagers, adults, depression, anxiety, couples, family, and trauma.
I work under the supervision of Isabel Kirk, LPC.