My first field of study was early childhood education. I worked as an adjunct instructor at Valencia College and as an elementary school teacher. While teaching, I developed a specific concern for my young students facing stressors that made it hard for them to learn and sustain friendships in the classroom. I then started coursework to become a school counselor, but after further research decided to pursue a field of mental health treatment specifically for children ages 3-8 and completed a graduate certificate in play therapy.
After a move to Los Angeles, California, I earned a specialist graduate certificate in infant-family and preschooler mental health (the only one of it's kind in the country) and a masters degree in marriage and family therapy. While providing direct therapy services to children and their families at Para Los Ninos, I was endorsed by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health as a Transdisciplinary Mental Health Practitioner for Children ages 0-5. I am the only early childhood mental health treatment provider in Florida with this specific endorsement from California.
I continue to stay up to date in the advancements and practice of early childhood education and hold an active Florida Child Care and Education Program Director's Credential. I currently practice at Salzman & Simmons Counseling Services as a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (#IMT2532).
As a multidisciplinary professional, I am able to provide specialized and individualized consulting and counseling services to my clients.