I am a native of Tampa, born in Tampa General more than a few years ago. I have lived in several other places in these United states, southern Illinois, Seattle WA, Denver Colorado to name a few, but I always seem to gravitate back to Tampa, the home of my extended family for several generations. I am a musician, and I enjoy playing music with friends, practicing classical piano and writing and recording original songs in my spare time.
Why I became a Counselor?
As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with the human psyche, reading books by authors like John Bradshaw, Roberta Gilbert and Carl Rogers. When I had the opportunity to go to graduate school, I decided to go into counseling. This was 20 years ago, and I’ve never looked back. It is an honor to be invited into my client’s world and help instill hope as they reach for growth and transcend their issues.
Education, Experience, and Approach
Float on Counseling, LLC – Therapist
I have worked in treatment centers, community mental health offices, psychiatric hospitals and as a private practice clinician. I have also been trained in prolonged exposure therapy to work with military veterans struggling with PTSD. I utilize several types of mental health therapy, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy. Some issues I specialize in are anxiety, substance use issues, mood disorders, PTSD, and family issues. I have experience providing therapy for an HIV clinic and working with epilepsy as well. I have a master’s degree from University of South Florida and have a Counseling License (LMHC) in the state of Florida. I am a big fan of the 12 steps (AA, NA, etc.) and I am also experienced in other methods of helping people with substance abuse issues who may not be diagnosable as “Alcoholic or Addict”, but that have developed some unhealthy habits, or those who don’t have a desire to take the spiritual approach that are at the foundation of the 12-step approach.