We live in an incredibly stressful time and stress is coming at us from all directions: work relationships, family, financial and even global issues all affect our experience. Often times in our society things are moving too fast, we don’t have the resources to articulate or time to talk to people about what we are struggling with and we become overwhelmed. Using therapy as a way of making those problems more manageable enables the individual to release that built-up tension and find resolutions. Many people come to therapy because they feel overwhelmed and they need help finding a way to manage their situation. About Me I have over 20 years experience working with individuals, adults, children /adolescents, families and couples. I have specialized in the areas of both mental health and substance abuse therapy. I practiced as a substance abuse counselor with the court for over 14 years, and have extensive experience working within the judicial system. I have been in private practice for 6 years in various locations. I have worked with children in multiple settings, as well as developed programming for children and youth. My education includes a Master’s in Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree Psychology and Sociology. I have presented at the American Psychological Association conference and have been published in “Teaching of Psychology”. I am a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society for Academic Excellence, and a recipient of the Quill and Scroll Award. I believe in our community and am active in several organizations. I am the president and co-founder of Presents In Paradise, a non-profit organization serving local children for over 12 years. I am also an active member of the Marathon Rotary Club. I believe that commitment to our community benefits the wellness of us all.