• LICENSES / CERTIFICATIONS

    2013, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
    2009, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Texas
    2006, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Florida
    2005, Certified Addictions Professional, Florida

    EDUCATION

    Barry University –  MSW Social Work 2004
    Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale –  AS Broadcasting 1997
    Bard College – BA Philosophy – 1993
    University of Miami – special project in Philosophy 1991
    Boston University – Sea Semester Program 1990
    Beloit College – Undeclared 1989

    OVERVIEW

    I am an experienced, self-motivated professional with excellent listening and communication skills. Enjoys program and project development and collaboration as a project manager and/or team member. Responsive to change in a progressive and flexible environment. Works enthusiastically in diverse client populations in counseling settings. Appreciates continual professional development and opportunities for collective education as well as on-going self- education. Extensive experience in substance abuse and chemical dependency treatment, crisis counseling, clients with HIV, gender issues, LGBT population, racially diverse populations, adolescents and young adults. Experienced in management and program development and initiation. History of continual career advancement and promotion and frequent client- to- client referrals.

    POSITIONS HELD

    Therapist, Plumeria Counseling Center
    Austin, TX, October 2009 – Present

    Independent contractor in private practice with adults, young adults and teens age 15+. Work with groups, individuals and couples. Specialize in mood disorders, adjustment and life transitions, grief and acceptance of loss, relationship issues, self esteem/self acceptance, problem substance abuse and addiction, gender identity issues, LGBT issues. Modalities include Cognitive Behavioral, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Existential Counseling and others.

    Counselor, Community Supervision and Control Division, Travis County
    Austin, TX,  2009 – 2010

    Facilitation of psycho-educational counseling groups with adults on probation, most of whom have substance abuse issues, and have been assessed to be at high-risk of criminal recidivism. Focus on use of evidence based practices including cognitive-behavioral and motivational interviewing approaches to assist clients in learning the thought modification and coping skills necessary to evaluate past behaviors and thinking patterns in order to make behavioral corrections that will change the course of their lives

    Counselor, Student Affairs Department, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
    Fort Lauderdale, FL, January 2007 to March 2009

    Conducted individual counseling, crisis intervention, and advisement with college students from a wide variety of cultures and age groups. Assisted students with gaining coping skills when facing issues such as: physical and mental disability, substance abuse, disciplinary problems, history of sexual or physical abuse, eating disorder, sexual identity disorder, GLBT acceptance, relationship difficulties, academic challenge, phase of life issues, and others. Issues include physical and mental disability, disciplinary problems, substance abuse, relationship difficulties, academic challenges, phase of life issues and many others. Arranged accommodations for students with medical / psychiatric challenges in accordance with ADA guidelines. Conducted student workshops, consultations with faculty, staff and parents, facilitated interventions, advocated for students and family. Worked closely with Campus Housing Department. Fulfilled the role of Department Director as necessary.

    Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Psychology Instructor, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
    Fort Lauderdale, FL, Winter ’07

    Taught Bachelor level course, Introduction to Psychology, at the request of the Department Chair. Developed a course structure that included group projects, lecture, role play, group discussion, essay writing and creative individual projects. Created and evaluated mid-term and final exams.

    Psychotherapist, The Haven
    Boca Raton, FL, July 2006 to December 2006

    The Haven is a therapeutic residential group home, serving male youth age 14 – 17, in Florida Department of Children and Families foster care system. Developed agency’s first substance abuse program. Provided individual and group counseling as well as crisis intervention and crisis counseling. Communicated with collateral sources on behalf of the youth. Prepared monthly reports for state Case Workers, composed treatment plans and daily documentation in accordance with Medicaid guidelines.

    Volunteer Psychotherapist, Sunshine Social Service
    Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 2006 to July 2006

    This social service program is operated mainly with the help of volunteer psychotherapist. Provided confidential crisis and on-going individual counseling to people in under-served populations, mostly young adults within the GLBT community. Clients received counseling services regardless of ability to pay. Primary issues included self and community acceptance, coming out issues, gender identity difference, homelessness and rejection from family of origin.

    Community Healthcare CenterOne, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Director of Mental Health, May 2005 to February 2006
    Psychotherapist, January 2004 to May 2005
    Psychotherapy Intern, September 2003 to January 2004

    CenterOne was a community based clinic and social service center, serving HIV-positive persons of diverse background. As Department Director, my administrative duties included participation in agency quality assurance process. I was elected Chairperson to the Broward County Ryan White Title 1 service delivery coordination and continuous quality improvement committee. Wrote renewal grant funding requests for Mental Health, Complementary Therapies (acupuncture, hypnosis and massage treatments), and proposal for grant monies for Substance Abuse program. Maintained departmental procedure compliance with grant-funded programming. Supervised the work of four Registered Clinical Social Work Interns who were performing psychotherapy service under supervision for license to practice Clinical Social Work (LCSW interns). Oversaw and provided general administrative aid to Acupuncture MDs, Hypnotist and Licensed Massage Therapists.
    As a Psychotherapist, I provided individual, couples and group therapy, crisis intervention, community education and outreach, and coordination and oversight of care with case management, holistic therapies, MDs, and other providers. Performed crisis intervention and counseling and initial involuntary commitment assessment.

    Intake Specialist / Case Manager, Archways Behavioral Healthcare
    Fort Lauderdale, FL, December 2001 to August 2003

    Archways is a community based residential and treatment facility for persons living with major mental illness. Conducted comprehensive intake interviews and psychosocial assessments with potential new clients. Made outreach visits to potential clients in inpatient psychiatric hospitals and jails. Assisted new clients in finding appropriate placement and level of care, whether within our agency or through community referral. Performed all standard case management functions while assisting newly arrived clients in adjusting to their new living environment.

    Residential Case Manager, Covenant House Florida
    Fort Lauderdale, FL, September 2000 to December 2001

    Covenant House Florida is a safe-house providing shelter and social services to homeless and run-away youth. Conducted intake interviews and assessments. Assisted youth in developing and carrying out individual treatment plans for mental health and emotional stability, employment and education planning. Monitored youth during daily and overnight activities and provided crisis prevention and intervention to troubled youth. Conducted crisis counseling.

    CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS GIVEN

    NASW Florida Statewide Conference June 2004
    “It’s Not About What’s Between My Legs: Transgender People in the Social Environment”

    SunServe Community and Mental Health Services April 2004
    “Transgender Families”

    NASW GLBT Mini Conference February 2004
    “Transgenderism” and  “The Bisexual and Society”

    Nova Southeastern University March 2004
    Co-presented “Gender and Social Constructions”

    AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

    Chosen Staff Advisor – Art to Art Institute students’ Gay Straight Alliance, 2008
    Chair – Broward County Ryan White Title I Mental Health Network, 2005
    Special Recognition – Broward County Superior Client Service, 2005
    Nominee – The Body.com HIV Leadership Award, 2004

    AFFILIATIONS

    National Association of Social Workers
    National Alliance for Mental Illness
    South East Florida Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology
    International Academy for Advanced Clinical Hypnosis
    American Institute for Rapid Trauma Resolution