I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC), a National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (NBCCH), and have over 14 years of counseling experience. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Social Work degree from George Mason University.
I have extensive training and experience treating people who have substance use disorders, traumas and post traumatic stress, and in working with veterans and military families. I am solution-oriented and strive to help people find ways to improve their situation and resolve nagging difficulties.
I work with children, adolescents, and adults. I have an eclectic approach to treatment and use play therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapies, motivational interviewing, communication theory, systems theory, Ericksonian hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).
I previously worked for Loudoun County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services from 2009 - 2014 where I held two different positions, one as an outpatient clinician, and the other as the Regional Coordinator for the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, Northern. As an outpatient clinician I treated children, adolescents, and adults with behavioral, mental health, substance abuse, family, and interpersonal issues.
As the Regional Coordinator for the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program I supervised a small team of clinicians and a peer specialist which provided services to military veterans, reserves, National Guardsmen and their families to resolve difficulties stemming from military life (e.g., deployments, combat stress, death, family reintegration). In addition to the above issues, I treated individuals and families for mental health and substance abuse disorders. I conducted weekly substance abuse treatment groups to help those dealing with substance abuse and addictions.
I retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2005 at the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant. I served for 21 years (1984-2005) in aviation maintenance and antiaircraft missile system maintenance. One of my various collateral duties as a senior Marine was to coordinate the substance abuse program for my unit/command. This is where I was first trained as a substance abuse counselor.
While it may sound like an odd transition from U.S. Marine to clinical social worker, I gained a great amount of experience counseling Marines and found this to be a very rewarding endeavor.
I look forward to working with you in the the near future!
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