I obtained a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of New England. I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LMSW) in the State of Idaho, working on adding the clinical part to my credentials. I enjoy working with individuals or families, emphasizing on cultural diversity and sensitivity. I pride myself for having a first-hand experience and in-depth knowledge of several cultures, as well as being fluent in a few foreign languages. This allows me to communicate with some non-English speaking clients without interpreters. I work with children, adolescence and adults, using mindfulness-focused interventions, with solutions and strength-based approaches to encourage positivism and self-actualization. I engage clients in a variety of forms of Art and Play Therapy, including sandtray, music, creative writing, painting and art projects. I also enjoy working with clients in groups and assist them in group settings of learning. I value a direct dialogue with clients, exploring their needs and struggles, while learning about client’s patterns of resilience and unique life situations. The client is in charge of their process of change and progress.
Respect for each member's individuality is essential to a successful therapeutic process. I do not discriminate against gender, ethnicity, age, socio-economic status, sexuality or religious preference. I am most passionate about women's issues, single parenting, co- parenting, post-divorce counseling, mood disorders (anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar), couples/marriage issues, immigrant or refugee complexities, sexuality, same gender marriage issues, same gender marriage parenting. Due to my own personal 12 year battle with cancer, I embrace the opportunity to work with people who are facing terminal illness, as well as work with their families, helping them grieve and feel supported during those difficult transitional times of trial. I provide life coaching, career development and positive self-image consulting. I love to see people heal, smile, and prepare to embark on their new journeys in life.