I specialize in the field of substance use disorders, working primarily with the adolescent and young adult population. I have been working in the field of mental health since 2005, and have 6+ years of agency experience working as an substance abuse counselor offering individual treatment in a variety of settings such as school based addiction services, youth detention centers and foster care. In addition, I lead a support group for parents of teens struggling with substance use issues and offered family sessions in conjunction with individual treatment. Periodically, I offer a recovery management group for adults ages 21+ who have established a period of abstinence and would like to participate in a skills based weekly group.
My passion remains treating addiction, with a more recent specialization in trauma. As the majority of adults who meet criteria have also a history of trauma, I will be adding a trauma specialization. I have completed a 9 course certificate from the University at Buffalo in trauma and will be completing further training in this field in 2018 so I may treat trauma as well.
My therapeutic style is strengths based and action oriented. I use evidenced based practices only with a heavy focus on skills coaching while using an individualized approach.