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Gainesville, FL, 32601
October 06, 2008

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Gainesville Florida




**** ******* ** **** ** Psychology

**** ******** ** ******* ** Psychology with minor in Chemical Dependency Counseling

Licenses and Certifications:

2005 Certificate of Completion, Clinical Supervisor Training.

2002 Certified Sports Counselor

1998 Licensed Mental Health Counselor

1993 Chemical Dependency Specialist

1993 Sexual Minority Population Specialist

Counseling and Supervision Experience:


Private Personal Companion

Provide supervision and care to an individual with late stage Alzheimer's Disease. Attend to all needs including: daily meal procurement, attend to personal hygiene, provide social stimulation and assist with physical exercise. Provide transportation to appointments and for daily outings. Attend to household needs such as, light grocery shopping, laundry, dry cleaning, and clothing shopping. Assisted client to maintain connection with outside world while maintaining safety.


Community Access Department Clinical Supervisor - Highline Mental Health

Provide supervision to large team of interconnected departments including screening, intake, crisis services, financial benefits and insurance benefits counselors. Provided clinical supervision to Masters and Ph.D. level interns and permanent staff. Interns competed fiercely to be chosen for placement in my program. Familiarity with the complete picture of treatment provision within a managed care system, including; Medical Necessity Criteria, Tier placement, documentation, and provision of care. Understanding of budget limitations and meeting budgetary goals. Provide consultation services for clinicians in other agency departments, as well as Special Population consultations to ensure culturally competent treatment of sexual minority clients. Understanding of TIP 42 screening requirements for Co-Occurring Disorders.


Private, individual, group supervision and consultation.

Provide consultation to other professionals to assist in their growth as therapists. Teach various methods of treatment and provide feedback on case information presented. Assist therapists seeking licensure to reach supervision requirements.


Private Practice Psychotherapist.

Provide short and long term therapy to individuals, couples and families. Work with diverse populations including: Professionals in high level, high stress jobs and other situations, persons of color, gays and lesbians, young adults, marginalized and low income individuals, and persons with disabilities. Have extensive experience working with trauma recovery and domestic violence, mood and anxiety disorders, chronic mental illness, crisis intervention, crisis and commitment services, and life transitions. Work with athletes, musicians, actors, writers, performers, and people struggling with work performance or blocked creativity. Work with individuals in increasing congruence between, mind, body and spirit to maximize their personal potential. Have specific training in chemical dependency field as well as with abusers of other substances and behaviors that adversely effect job performance, home life and emotional well-being.


Low Cost Therapy Associates LLC.

Co-founder of non-managed care agency. Provide sliding fee psychotherapy for low and middle-income individuals, couples, and families. Provide long term and short-term therapy based upon client needs.


Low Cost Therapy Associates and Seattle Gay Clinic

HIV Test Counselor

Provided counseling for pre and post HIV tests. Provided individuals supportive short-term counseling, crisis intervention, and resource/service information. Administered test results and provided education for risk reduction and prevention of HIV infection.


Seattle Counseling Servic Senior Case Manager, Therapist and Hospital liaison.

Developed Community Support Service and Treatment Case Management program for Chronically Mentally Ill Adults. Implemented Clubhouse program for agency.

Provided primary mental health care to adults suffering from chronic mental illness. Maintained up to 50 active clients on caseload. Provided services including crisis intervention and case management. Maintained files and performed all assessment and treatment planning tasks. Completed ninety-day reviews and financial eligibility reviews. Assisted with application for and maintenance of financial benefits. Assisted with hospitalization and discharge planning. Completed all paperwork, which included case notes, billing forms, treatment plans, court ordered treatment documentation and treatment eligibility assessments, in a timely fashion. Created case management assessment forms, which became standard for all client files. Made contact with support system to assist with early intervention to decrease use of crisis resources. Worked as advocate for clients in negotiating multiple systems, including medical, psychiatric, legal/court, and financial and educational systems.

Taught interpersonal communication skills and conflict resolution. Assisted clients with Community College, Technical School and Financial Aid applications. Acted as liaison between student and school personnel. Maintained contact with instructors and advisors to assist student with areas of difficulty. Worked with students in addressing areas of concern. Provided tutoring or helped set up outside tutors or study labs. Provided counseling to address mental health issues and other barriers to success. Educated instructors and advisors on specific mental health diagnoses and their symptoms for early detection for the provision of timely intervention for the purpose of student retention and successful completion of program.

Facilitated chemical dependency groups and provided individual treatment for chemical dependencies. Treated individuals and groups who had suffered trauma, domestic violence and abuse as children and as adults. Assisted clients with finding and maintaining outside resources. Assisted in financial management and in maintaining independent living situations. Solicited funds through grants from city, state and private organizations to subsidize Case Management and Clubhouse program. Maintained referral lists for specialized needs.

Hospital liaison: Played active role in mental health care planning for Western Washington. Was community mental health agency representative for the transition of fee for service system of compensation to the Managed Care administration of treatment and program funding. Trained agency staff on new record keeping requirements and treatment strategies.


Community Psychiatric Clinic. Residential Case Manager - The El Rey.

Worked with chronically mentally ill adults in a residential setting. Provided crisis intervention. Taught communication skills, hygiene, and assertiveness classes. Aided clients in conflict resolution. Assisted clients to increase ability to function outside institutional environment. Worked with individuals to improve social, emotional and intellectual skills. Managed resources and interactions with multiple systems and acted as liaison between clients and other service providers.


Planned Parenthood of Whitman and Latah Counties. Education Coordinator.

Provided outreach and education to community groups from school age children to college students. Provided information on all aspects of sexual development and reproductive health, including STD prevention and treatment, contraceptives, parenting skills, and domestic violence prevention. Facilitated psycho-educational groups for new mothers in cooperation with WIC and the Health Department in Pullman Washington.


Crisis Clinic. Alternatives to Violence in the Palouse. (Domestic violence prevention program) Counselor.

Provided emotional support and resource information to callers from two counties. Performed suicide intervention, as well as domestic violence interventions. Directed individuals to appropriate services available in their communities.


Originator and lecturer for the Heterosexism Awareness Committee. Sponsored by the YWCA of Pullman Washington.

Invited guest lecturer to Washington State University classes of up to 300 students. Spoke on issues of homophobia, racism, and discrimination. Created curriculum for lecture series. Evaluations completed by each class were universally positive. The committee soon became the most successful and requested of all YWCA programs offered at that time. Personally lectured to approximately 15 classes per semester. Supervised scheduled and managed presentations for ten additional lecturers.

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