Well-seasoned Counselor currently in private practice in Gloucester County, Southern New Jersey. Community Mental/Behavioral Health, Early Intervention, and Employee Assistance Program are primary areas of expertise. Strengths include conscientious, consistent, disciplined, empathetic, faithful, humble, positive, proficient, reliable, resilient, and sensible.
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, Villanova, Pennsylvania
Master of Science in Counseling and Human Relations - 1986
Honors: Summa Cum Laude Graduate (4.0 GPA)
THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY, University Park, PA
Bachelor of Science in Individual and Family Studies - 1979
Honors: Magna Cum Laude Graduate (3.68 GPA)
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR (L.P.C.) - April, 2005
License Number - 37PC00324400
NATIONAL CERTIFIED COUNSELOR (N.C.C.) - April, 1994
Certificate Number - 35201
Provide general supportive counseling to adults, teens, some tweens, families, and couples. Areas of interest include the following: Anxiety, Depression, Bereavement/Grief, Co-Dependency, Women's Issues, etc. Utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Stress and Anger Management, Loss Literature, etc. High return rate, client satisfaction, and references.
Evaluated, diagnosed, and provided counseling services to Salem County, NJ Community Mental Health Center clients.
Oversaw caseload of candidates of Early Intervention (birth to three years old) Special Education and their families. Applied in-depth understanding of Special Education Law and advocated for appropriate services.
Directed the clinical and social service activities of the Family Court Counseling Service which is part of Gloucester County, NJ Community Mental Health Center. Provided therapy and supervised one Family Therapist in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of youth and their families referred by the Family Crisis Intervention Unit or the Family Court through Juvenile Probation.
Oversaw day-to-day operations of Host Home Program, a treatment home program for children and adolescents, which is part of Burlington County, NJ Community Mental Health System. Provided clinical supervision for three Master's-level Therapists. Carried small caseload of consumers.
Oversaw Social Work Department of largest Early Intervention Provider in Montgomery County, Pa. Provided support, education, and professional guidance to families of infants and toddlers with or at risk for developmental disabilities. Conducted parent training, group sessions, and individual and family counseling. Supported parent self-help groups and Sibling Group. Provided training and clinical consultation on family issues to staff. Previously parent in program.
Provided evaluations and short-term individual, couples, and family counseling to client company employees and their families. Developed and conducted group education/counseling programs in related areas (i.e. financial/budgeting, blended families, co-dependency, women's health issues). Authored newsletter articles for client companies.
Provided crisis intervention and evaluation services on a walk-in and telephone basis to individuals in acute psychiatric distress. Retained patients, and arranged for hospitalization or other appropriate service and follow-up. Provided short-term, crisis-oriented treatment to "at risk" clients.
Coordinated all referrals and acted as Public Relations Liaison between the agency and outside referral sources. Provided counseling, both individual and group, case management, and referral to clients with Substance Use Disorders and some dually-diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. Participated in drug and alcohol awareness and education programs for schools.
Child rearing of eight adjudicated adolescent females. Provided treatment, including individualization of the child in the group living situation, and participation in recreational activities. Completed some housekeeping responsibilities of the cottage unit.
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