My work experience includes counseling adults with mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders at Savoy Medical Center’s New Horizons in Mamou, Louisiana.
Previously, I have worked as a school social worker, supporting the educational, social, and emotional needs of at-risk students. Also, I have worked as a behavior therapist for children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Licenses, Certifications & Specialized Training:
Certificate in Addictions Counseling, Waubonsee Community College, May 2017
Master of Arts, Clinical Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, June 2009
Bachelor of Arts, Applied Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, May 2007
Licensed Masters Social Worker, 150.015428
School Social Worker Endorsement, 871714
Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor, 34707
I am interested in providing evidence based treatments to adults and teens with mental illnesses and addictions. I lead an intensive outpatient group, focusing on the impact of addiction, safe coping skills, and stages of change. I am skilled in methods of cognitive behavioral therapy, social skills training, applied behavioral analysis, trauma-focused care, stress management, and motivational interviewing.
Years Employed at Renz Center:
I began as an intern at Renz Addiction Counseling Center in February of 2017. I have been employed at Renz since May of 2017.
What you enjoy about working as a clinician:
I enjoy developing therapeutic relationships with clients, as well as supporting them as they strive to reach their goals. I enjoy facilitating group counseling sessions that shift clients’ perspectives and inspire them to have hope for meaningful change.
Recently, I have begun implementing techniques of dialectical behavior therapy, especially focused on teaching mindfulness, distress tolerance, and meditation skills.
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also in the overcoming of it.” ~Helen Keller
“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”