Change the way you think, and you can change the way you live.
I earned a Master of Arts degree in Applied Psychology: Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Throughout my graduate studies at NYU, I interned at the New York City United Federation of Teachers, where I provided mental health counseling to Department of Education members and co-facilitated a Grief and Bereavement counseling group. I have also completed elective graduate coursework in the areas of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Grief and Bereavement Counseling, Personality Theory, Marriage, Relationship, and Family Counseling, and the Psychology of Women.
After receiving my graduate degree, I chose to continue my education by enrolling in clinical trainings at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City, where I have attended a workshop entitled Rational Emotive & Cognitive Therapy Professional Skills Development: The Basics, as well as completed the Primary Practicum Training Course in Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and Techniques, where I earned my Primary Certificate in Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Additionally, I am continuously expanding my knowledge of REBT, as I am actively working towards earning my Advanced Certificate in Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from The Albert Ellis Institute.
After receiving my graduate degree from New York University, my husband and I moved to the Tampa Bay Area and I began looking for open positions in the field of REBT and CBT counseling. To my surprise, there was not much to choose from, which frustrated me, as I felt passionately that REBT (the original form of CBT) is truly an exceptional approach to counseling. When living in New York, I was constantly exposed to REBT and CBT, both at NYU, as well as at The Albert Ellis Institute. By contrast, while there are some local therapists in Tampa who implement basic REBT ideas within their work, there do not seem to be any counselors who truly specialize in REBT, UNTIL NOW.
Even in our most challenging moments, when it seems like we have lost control of our lives, REBT proposes that the one aspect we always have control over is the attitude we adopt about ourselves and our circumstances. At its core, REBT is more than a type of therapy; it is a philosophy for life, and I feel most encouraged in this field when I see that my clients are not only able to think more rationally, but that they can put these principles into effect, and therefore live more rationally. My clients’ personal growth and ability to overcome what once seemed impossible for them is what inspires me.
My personal approach to mental health counseling is strongly rooted in rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT). Additionally, I incorporate components of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) into my work, as I believe it perfectly partners with the goals of REBT theory.
MBCT integrates cognitive therapy with mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, breathing exercises, focusing your attention within the present, awareness and observation of small sensations in the here and now, and paying attention to self-reflection and introspection without criticism and judgment.
My primary purpose at Keys to Counseling is to utilize my carefully tailored approach to give you the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral tools to learn to alleviate your own anxiety and ease psychological distress. Through Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, I will encourage you to live rationally and mindfully in the present, teach you how to self-sooth and relax, help you to slow down your thoughts in order to see the world more clearly, and ultimately show you how to become your own best therapist leading to a more satisfying, fulfilling, and emotionally independent life. The decision to improve your life through individual, relationship, and group therapy is truly a courageous and exciting one. No matter your reason for seeking counseling, it would be an honor to support and empower you on this journey!