What are your areas of expertise?
I have worked with a wide range of clients dealing with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, severe mental health issues, and so much more. At the end of the day, my expertise is to help people who are hurting, and to begin the process healing and greater self-awareness.
What is your main goal when working with a client?
My goal as a therapist is to explore the reasons you came to therapy and help you overcome the challenges that you are seeking help with. After all, nobody knows us better than ourselves. A wise man explained it this way: clients come to therapy because they have some type of bridge (obstacle) that they are challenged with. This bridge is over water that is intimidating and frightening. I want to walk with you as you overcome that bridge (obstacle) in your life. I will help equip you with the tools needed to manage life struggles and to grow. My goal is ultimately your goals and I want to see you succeed through healing.
What is your approach and what methods do you employ?
I use what is called an eclectic approach to therapy. I essentially work with my clients to find a method that is best. Some clients benefit from using cognitive-behavioral therapy while other benefit from Person-Centered approach, etc. I do not want to limit the options available to help you achieve your goals.
What age groups do you most often work with?
I work with everyone from adolescents to adults.
Are you passive or active in the session? What can a client typically expect sessions to be like while working with you?
I am active in session. I’m a curious listener; I actively pay attention to help my clients explore, understand, and move toward their goals of healing and growth.
My clients can expect someone who is willing to sit with them during uncomfortable or challenging situations and process the issues that many people would fear discussing, because I believe healing is possible. However, before we can heal, we have to own our problems and stop letting it define who we are.
What is your background and what are your credentials?
I am a Registered Mental Health Intern in the state of Florida. Before joining Gilstrap & Associates, I completed a student internship at The Center for Drug-free Living in 2012. I worked with people struggling with substance abuse and relationship issues. I worked at Aspire Health Partners as a therapist (student intern) in 2015 as well as with court mandated clients, substance abuse, severe mental illness, relationships, women’s issues, depression, anxiety, group therapy, and other mental health related areas.
What is the reason you decided to get into counseling?
When I was growing up and first began college, I dealt with a lot of challenges and struggles and was blessed to have someone to sit with me in my pain. I soon learned how to do the same and I began to sit with others during their struggles. For a lot of these people, I found it was the first time they had simply been treated like real human beings and not just problems to be fixed. As I continued to grow, heal and learn how to love myself and others, I became more aware of how I wanted to help people. I wanted to sit with them in their struggles and let them know that they are cared about and that somebody does want to help them no matter where they are. I’ve dedicated my life to loving God, myself, and others by beginning my lifelong career as a counselor.
Tell us about your education.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Ministry with a focus in Counseling from Johnson University. I received my Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. I intend to continue my education and achieve certifications to best benefit my clients.