“There is a vast difference between failure and temporary defeat.”- Napoleon Hill



After spending many years in a variety of occupational roles, I found I excelled when I was in the type of position that provided opportunities to assist people with issues, difficulties, and problems. As I have always been analytical and solution focused by nature, I began to explore where these traits might best serve others. I elected to pursue a Bachelor Degree of Social Work, followed by a Master Degree of Social Work, at Delaware State University, to build the skill set necessary for a career in mental health and substance abuse counseling.


I have a wide array of experience, working with diverse populations, at various levels of care. This experience ranges from routine outpatient therapy with clients of all ages to the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) level of care, which serves individuals with severe and persistent mental health and substance abuse issues and needs. Recognizing the differing constellation of client needs, I have also obtained a broad set of post-graduate credentials in an effort to maximize my effectiveness in working with individuals seeking mental health, substance abuse, and trauma recovery.

Professional Affiliations

  • State of Delaware Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Delaware Certification Board Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC)
  • Delaware Certification Board Co-occurring Disorders Professional-Diplomate (CCDP-D)
  • Delaware Certification Board Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS)
  • EMDR Institute Level 1 and Level II Training
  • EMDRIA Certified Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist

Personal Philosophy

Regardless of with whom I work, I have always been committed to the concept of recovery, and firmly believe in empowering individuals towards wellness and independence. My approach to treatment is to provide a safe, non-judgmental, and collaborative environment, where clients can explore the areas they hope to improve or change. My orientation is strength based and eclectic, utilizing client centered approaches, cognitive behavioral techniques, insight oriented explorations, motivational interviewing skills, guided imagery work, adaptive information processing theories, and other evidence based practices, depending upon the individual needs and goals of the client. I also utilize EMDR in an integrative manner when appropriate, and have successfully utilized the EMDR protocol and techniques for a multitude of client issues, including trauma, anger, anxiety, stress, cravings, difficulty in coping, fear, behavioral problems, mood difficulties, grief, and self-esteem issues.

I current provide individual therapy to adults in an outpatient setting. Trauma, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, grief and loss, behavioral issues, personality disorders, self-esteem difficulties, stress and coping issues, and substance abuse recovery and relapse prevention are some of the concerns I address and treat. I believe in empowering clients to grow, heal, and transform themselves, as I view people as being greater than their problems. I seek to practice in a culturally and spiritually respectful manner, and encourage clients to be open about what they hope to achieve from therapy. I routinely solicit client feedback to guide the therapeutic process, and to ensure that clients are satisfied with how the therapeutic work is progressing.