I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the States of Delaware and Florida. In addition, I am also licensed as a Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia. With more than 30 years in the field of Behavioral Health, my professional experience began as music therapist at a Forensic Psychiatric institution before moving on to directing Maryland's first Vocational Rehabilitation resocialization program for female and male clients who were enrolled in career training programs prior to their return to the respective communities. My other clinical experience include serving as the mental health consultant for nonprofit agencies and state governmental and advisory boards in Maryland, Florida and New Jersey. Coupled with my involvement in the behavioral health policy and program development arena, I have been involved in teaching and supervising masters and doctoral level counseling students. Over the past several decades, I have served on such policy boards for the Association for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology and have conducted dozens of workshops on psychosocial issues impacting the African American community to include published articles addressing the topic of Bio-psychosocial Stresses Associated with Perceived Racism, The HIV AIDS crisis Among African American Males, and Cultural Competence: Implications for Counseling. I have also published several other articles and book reviews which have appeared in national and international publications.
My academic background include earning the Master of Arts degree in Counseling, the Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Counseling and the Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology. My professional affiliations include having the requirements as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and having met the professional requirements as a Clinical Certified Forensic Counselor by the National Association of Forensic Counselors. In addition, to my professional background as a clinician in private practice, I have taught for number of years on the graduate faculty at several universities as a counselor educator responsible for supervising masters and doctoral level students.
I am presently serving as a Military and Family Life Consultant in providing face-to-face counseling for active duty and reservist members of the United States Air Force where I conduct pre- and post-deployment briefings, marital and relationship counseling and workshops addressing resiliency and stress management and coping for military personnel and their families. Concurrent with my professional involvement in the Behavioral Health field,
In addition to my professional experience in the behavioral health and mental field, I have enjoyed a rewarding career as a counselor, dean and vice president of student services and finally culminating my career as a president for two institutions of higher education. In these respective roles, I had the opportunity to direct and supervise counseling and specialized services for students representing diverse cultures, age, nationalities, sexual orientations and lifestyles.
My counseling philosophy and orientation incorporates solution-based, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and rational-emotive approaches. I have found these therapeutic provide an eclectic framework from which therapist can adapt approaches and use those tools that can meet the diverse needs of clients we serve today... I have an extensive experience with clients from diverse backgrounds in terms of age, culture, racial-ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation and world view. My clients consider me to be compassionate, supportive and open-minded in responding their particular psychosocial and emotional needs. My work experiences include working in suburban and large urban institutions. My experience, practice and training has well-equipped me to utilize my breadth of experience and professional training to meet the array of needs impacting the lives of contemporary life in America today. As an executive leader in higher education, I have always endorsed and supported program and services to serve the needs of our LGBTQ and ethnic minority community by supporting the funding of leadership and weekend retreats to encourage dialogue and engagement among students from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
As a therapist, I work incessantly to instill courage that will provide that strength-based approach for clients to acquire the ability to empower themselves to create new possibilities to develop more productive coping mechanisms and strategies to achieve happier and fulfilling livea.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Communication Problems Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
LMHC #PC-0000423 (Expires: 2021-09-30)
LPC #13932 (Expires: 2020-12-31)
LMHC #MH3304 (Expires: 2021-03-31)
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