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My specialty is clinical mental health counseling. Clinical mental health counseling programs prepare its students for the professional practice of counseling in a variety of work settings such as university, community agencies, clinics, hospitals, substance use disorder programs, child protective agencies, private practice, business, and industry. This curriculum has prepared me to have a significant impact on the mental health field in the areas of counseling, research, program director, grant writer, and policy maker on the local, state, and national level. The curriculum focused on a broad spectrum of issues including: assessing/evaluating, treating or working to better a disability, problem, or disorder; the antecedent conditions that predispose people to developmental, emotional, personality or relationship problems experienced by individuals, couples, families or groups; the nature and treatment of those disorders; crisis intervention strategies; and the influence of various family and group dynamics, gender differences, cultural diversity, social problems, and age on the development of various problems and symptoms.
I am an advanced level licensed professional counselor and licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor. I began my career in the behavioral health field in 2001 providing individual and group substance use, reentry, and mental health counseling in harm reduction, medication assisted treatment, outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial care, and residential settings. I am highly skilled at managing complex cases that include multiple variables (substance use disorder, other mental health diagnoses, HIV/AIDS, criminal justice involvement, & medical conditions). These are commonly described as co-occurring disorders. These experiences along with my education and training prepared me to practice independently as a mental health provider in private practice. Currently, I manage private practice offices in Piscataway and Atlantic City New Jersey. In addition to practicing, I conduct professional development trainings for mental health professionals at local and national conferences on the topics of mental health awareness, mental health treatment models, reentry counseling, transitioning from incarceration to home, reducing recidivism, and recovery maintenance. I am actively in service to my profession as a member of the American Counseling Association and as the webinar coordinator for the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors.
Masters of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
CACREP Accreditated Program
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Individualized Studies with a specialization in Psychology
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Approved Clinical Supervisor