I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker living in Miami, FL. I also hold a Diplomate designation in Clinical Social Work. I have a passion for helping people better understand themselves and giving them the tools for success.
I was awarded the White House Fellowship in 1997 by the Department of Health where I participated in researching treatments for various mental disorders in Washington, D.C. My training was further extended at the University of MIami’s prestigious Mailman Center for Child Development and received additional training in trauma and abuse (both sexual & physical), through the University of Miami Child Protection Team. After several years working at various community mental health agencies, I began my private practice in 2003 and have since focused on advancing my clinical skills through various seminars and trainings.
I also serve as the bereavement social worker at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. I am so a certified Compassionate Care Bereavement provider. This unique training gives me the ability to treat grief and loss through both compassion and science. It is proven to help you not just grieve but also learn what to do with those emotions. Interventions are backed by clinical research. This is a mindful non-medical approach to grief and lets you grieve without feeling guilty about having a normal response to a difficult life event. This model has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety and other trauma symptoms.
In 2013 I decided to begin studies for my doctorate education and finished in 2018. My focus has been in the area of post-partum depression in women and men. This vulnerable time post-baby and the body’s emotional response in both parents is one of my research interests. My over 20 years as a clinician has proven a valuable skill in helping my new love of research. I research and publish studies in this area. The period just after the birth of a child is a crucial time of intervention for both mother and/or father to ensure wellness for the whole family.