2008 - 2011 - I spent 3+ years working for the Army as a psychologist with active duty soldiers at Ft. Hood. During the last year, I was the Clinical Supervisor of the R&R clinic, which is the main behavioral health center on post. I conducted assessments and performed individual and group therapy with both male and female soldiers with psychiatric diagnoses, including PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, and grief / loss issues. I was team leader and supervised the clinic's psychological testing program, as well. I feel very comfortable working with issues facing the Military and their families, as a result of these experiences.
2000 - 2008 - Private Practice in Tampa Bay, Florida - my practice was approximately 75% adolescents - with problems such as depression, anxiety, school problems, ADHD, self-harming behavior (cutting), parent-child interaction issues, self-esteem deficits, social skills deficits, sexual identity issues, and grief / loss issues. I have had a lot of very successful experiences with the teenage population and feel that it is mostly due to the natural rapport I seem to have with them. I love working with this age group!
During the 8 years I had my practice in Florida, for varying time periods over the years - I was a paid consultant to a charter school as well as a psychiatric residential treatment facility for children and adolescents. I was responsible for the entire psychological testing / assessment component for every child on campus. This included personality and diagnostic evaluations at the request of the psychiatrists, and psycho-educational assessments related to academic difficulties, emotional disturbances, and behavioral disorders. I supervised several doctoral students from nearby Argosy University as they went through their program - and offered both therapy and assessment practicums.
I have also enjoyed very much working with adults - mostly women - on issues such as depression, grief, adjustment to life changes, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. I feel that we, as women, face very unique and frustrating issues as we move along the life span - and we can all use another pair of eyes or someone reminding us to "take care of ourselves", especially in this fast-paced world, when we may be "everyone else's caretaker". I've also spent a good deal of time working with men who have found themselves with anxiety issues and / or depression, life transitions, or relationship concerns.
1998-2000 - Post Doctoral Internship at Florida State Hospital - inpatient population, varying levels of acuity - individual and group therapy with disorders including: Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Delusional Disorder, Psychoses, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Personality Disorders. Completed extensive amounts of psycholgical testing and presented in court situations.
1997-1998 - Pre-Doctoral Internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School with rotations in neuropsychology, forensic psychology, and clinical practicum in individual ad group psychotherapy, as well as psychological assessment.
1992-1998: Graduate PhD Program in Clinical Psychology at Florida State University (Master of Science and PhD)
1991 - Bachelor of Science with Psychology Major