Experienced, professional counselor, licensed in Georgia and Virginia, with 8+ years of experience in the mental health and substance use treatment fields. Extensive collaborative work with various agencies including the Department of Social Services (DSS), Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), and local psychiatric hospitals. Skilled trainer and presenter for both in-house and community trainings. Excellent organizational and time management skills as well as strong supervisory and leadership abilities.
Licensed Counselor in Georgia and Virginia
DBT group specialist
Practiced in mental health and substance use assessments
Superior communication skills
Clinical documentation mastery
Family therapy background
Effectively managed caseloads of more than 20 clients at any given time.
Successfully balanced full time caseload while also providing Virginia Independent Clinical Assessments as well as providing Juvenile Competency Restoration Services as both a Restoration Counselor and Restoration Supervisor.
Social Services Case Manager-Adoptions01/2015 to CurrentFulton County DFCSAtlanta, Georgia
Provided case management to children in the foster care system in order to find permanent homes for the children.
Provided access to needed services to ensure the child's well-being including access to medical services, mental health services, and educational services.
Collaborated closely with treatment team to appropriately coordinate client care services.
Day Treatment Site Supervisor06/2013 to 11/2014Horizon Behavioral HealthLynchburg, Virginia
Provided evidenced-based therapeutic intervention to adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems within the school setting.
Provided supervision to interns and QMHP-E staff.
Coordinate services between school administration, community providers, and agency staff.
Completed initial, annual, and quarterly assessments of new and current clients.
Completed paperwork, including Medicaid prior authorization requests, within time requirements.
Certified as a Therapeutic Options instructor and provide training in Therapeutic Options to Day Treatment staff.
Juvenile Competency Restoration Provider04/2010 to 11/2015Horizon Behavioral HealthLynchburg, VA
Provided restoration services to juveniles found incompetent to stand trial.
Certified to provide initial juvenile competency evaluations.
Provided supervision to restoration counselors.
Completed Admissions Competency Evaluations.
Therapist/Case Manager06/2009 to 05/2013Horizon Behavioral HealthLynchburg, VA
Certified in ACRA/ACC for adolescent substance abuse treatment.
Certified to provide GAIN assessments.
Provided individual and family therapy to adolescents and families with mental health and substance use problems.
Provided therapy skills training in areas including communication skills, drug refusal skills, problem solving skills, and anger management skills.
Led a substance abuse education group for the Day Treatment site school twice a month, as well as co-facilitated DBT skills group.
Assisted with providing training and teaching skills on substance abuse and DBT therapy models to both clinicians and community stakeholders.
Trained in evidenced based treatment modalities: DBT, ABFT, TF-CBT, ABA.
Linked and assisted clients and families in obtaining needed community resources.
Worked collaboratively with Social Services and other community partners as a member of the Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT).
Intern01/2009 to 06/2009Virginia Baptist HospitalLynchburg, Virginia
Co-facilitated group therapy sessions.
Documented progress in groups.
Identified topics and themes for group sessions.
Clinician10/2008 to 06/2009Creative Family SolutionsLynchburg, Virginia
Provided crisis intervention as needed.
Provided pertinent written and verbal information about clients to supervisor.
Provided training, support, education, and therapy skills training to meet clients' treatment needs.
Provided mental health support services to adults with serious mental illnesses and intellectual disabilities.
Mental Health Case Manager04/2006 to 10/2008Horizon Behavioral HealthLynchburg, Virginia
Linked and assisted clients in obtaining community resources.
Provided supportive level counseling to clients.
Monitored clients' medication compliance, symptoms, and treatment needs.
Assisted with crisis and discharge planning.
Volunteer Peer Counselor03/2003 to 04/2005Asheville Pregnancy Support ServicesAsheville, North Carolina
Provided peer counseling to women in at-risk pregnancy situations.
Completed and processed intake forms.
Education and Training
Master of Arts: Professional CounselingJanuary 2010Liberty UniversityLynchburg, VirginiaProfessional Counseling
Bachelor of Arts: PsychologyMay 2005University of North CarolinaAsheville, North CarolinaPsychology
communication skills, counseling, management skills, problem solving skills, teaching