My Education and Training
I obtained my Master of Arts Degree in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University. Marymount University is one of the top-rated schools for Forensic Psychology in the nation. The areas of interest in this program focused on psychopathology, human behavior, neuropsychology, and the interaction of mental health and the legal system.
Throughout the process of getting my education, I found myself drawn to human behavior, trauma, why people do what they do, and how to help those who have been traumatized.
I realized that in this culture, and the increasing exposure to traumatizing situations, focusing my education and training on understanding and treating trauma is where I wanted to be. As a result of my passion for helping traumatized individuals heal, I have sought out training, seminars, self-paced certification and education courses and stay current on the research in the field, in order to be a more competent counselor.
Additionally, I have sought out jobs and volunteer opportunities that have brought me into close proximity with those who are hurting in order to learn from their experiences and let them be my teachers as well.
One thing I have learned throughout my training and education is that there is no one size fits all answer. I have learned the many different ways that people experience trauma, and how each person responds to trauma in very different ways.
I have seen what trauma can do to a person’s mind, body, and soul, but I have also seen what can happen when there is true healing from the pain. This is why I chose to focus my education and training on working with trauma survivors.
I am a certified SPLANKNA provider and increasingly see incredible healing from this amazingly effective treatment modality. It is a mind/body approach to healing trauma that does not require you to continuously remember the trauma. It provides a way to access the mind, body, and soul in order to bring complete and permanent healing in the lives of people who have been suffering.
The most recent seminar I attended: The Body Keeps Score presented by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a world-renowned expert in trauma, presented the neurological and physiological aspects of trauma. This information reinforced what anyone who has experienced trauma knows to be true, that the body reacts to trauma in ways that are not expected and at times seem uncontrollable.
The most recent research into trauma has demonstrated that the body, especially the brain, actually changes in response to trauma. This means that even if someone does not initially react to a traumatic event, the chemical and functional changes in the brain have begun and affect how someone processes information and interacts with others. Healing trauma requires addressing the physical symptoms as well as the cognitive symptoms in order to see true improvement.
I recently completed certificate training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This form of treatment addresses the thoughts that we all have and how those thoughts influence behavior and emotions. The goal of CBT is to change negative thoughts and beliefs into positive and accurate perceptions and beliefs in order to effect positive changes in an individual’s life.
Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology -Marymount University
- Energy Medicine Professional Association
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Member
Trained in Somatic Therapies such as movement, art, and music
Member of the International Association of Writers and Editors
Member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals
Member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America