A devoted and compassionate counselor with over 3 years of experience providing individual and family therapy to children and their families in an outpatient setting. Training and specialization in utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques to effect change in a clients' thinking patterns, feelings, and behaviors. Skilled in leading Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) groups to foster new coping skills in adolescents with emotional and behavioral disturbances. Dedicated client advocate accustomed to providing testimony in court to determine placement for children removed by Child Protective Services (CPS). Clinical Counselor Intern registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Master's Level Therapist, 01/2009
to 01/2011 Providence of Arizona – Tucson,
Conducted regular individual counseling sessions in an outpatient setting to a total of 35 clients.
Effectively managed time and caseloads by efficiently gathering information from families and treatment team to develop and implement treatment plan goals.
Documented all patient information including service plans, case management reports, and progress notes.
Collaborated closely with treatment team, school personnel, and child protective services to best coordinate client care services.
Taught clients anger management techniques, relaxation skills, impulse control, social skills, emotional coping skills and functional living skills.
Referred clients to other programs and community agencies to enhance treatment processes.
Used CBT and Play Therapy to improve problem solving, communication and expression of feelings.
Led DBT group sessions consisting of 5 to 10 youth focusing on mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation.
to 01/2008 Ellsworth Child & Family Counseling Center – Worcester,
Clinician at Children's Friend.
Conducted individual therapy with children ages 4-13 in an outpatient setting.
Completed treatment plans and weekly progress notes for each client assigned to caseload.
Collaborated with families and clinical staff to best coordinate care for each client.
Taught clients CBT skills to help challenge negative thinking and foster improved problem solving.
Used play therapy to help clients learn how to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, and develop problem solving skills.
Helped facilitate multiple social skills groups for children with Asperger Syndrome by organizing and carrying out group activities focused on improving social interactions.
Assisted in leading multiple DBT skills groups to help clients learn how to manage emotions and healthy relationships.
Direct Care Counselor, 01/2006
to 01/2008 North American Family Institute Alternatives – Providence,
Directly supervised/supported at risk teen girls ages 11-18 in completing activities of daily living.
Documented clients at all times using a logging system in order to track transitions to new locations, behavior, completion of tasks, and participation in groups/other activities.
Administered discipline appropriately and set limits for behavior.
Utilized behavior modification techniques and role modeling positive behavior to influence positive change in clients' behavior.
Led group therapy sessions consisting of 10 to 20 youth focusing on problem solving, emotion regulation, and healthy relationships.
Research Assistant, 01/2006 Rhode Island Hospital – Providence,
Reviewed patient data to determine eligibility for Neuropsychology Department study.
Entered eligible patients into a spreadsheet database.
Acted as an assistant during patient rounds Registered intern with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Completed post master's degree coursework in alcoholism, chemical substance dependency, human sexuality, psychopharmacology, spousal/partner abuse assessment/detection/intervention, child abuse assessment and reporting, California law and professional ethics, aging and long term care, and crisis/trauma counseling.
Master of Arts: Counseling Psychology,
2008 Assumption College - Worcester,
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology,
2006 Rhode Island College - Providence,
RI Psychology 3.6