I have been working in the mental health field since 2007. Since a young age I was always a “helper” so becoming a therapist was a natural fit. I founded True You Always in 2020 as a way to provide quality care for people with eating disorders. As I saw the potential and the amazing therapists, counselors and life coaches that were in my life I knew we could do more for more people. True You Always grew quickly from there, gaining experts in may different areas.
In 2007, I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Psychology, as well as a Minor in Women’s Studies and Cognitive Sciences from UCF in psychology and my Masters of Social Work and certificate tin therapeutic recreation from University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee in 2012. While working on my Master’s degree I worked as the Youth Development Director running programs for kids age 4-18, running a climbing wall, camp and after school programs.
Once I graduated with my Master’s, I continued working in the outpatient setting and began specializing in eating disorders and substance use due to working with a medication assisted treatment program alongside the courts, jail and probation and parole. Additionally I was working part-time on an inpatient eating disorder unit.
While working at Jefferson County Human Services I was able to restart the Jefferson County Drug Free Coalition. After getting this coalition up and running we were able to secure multiple grants to provide free narcan and overdose prevention trainings as well as other community prevention activities. This coalition has now received theDrug Free Communities grant bringing up to 125K in grant money to provide prevention services to Jefferson County.
Some of the approaches I am trained in and use frequently include motivational interviewing, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy.
What are all those letters after your name?
MCAP: Master Certified Addiction Professional
LCSW-QS: Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Qualified Supervisor
LCSW-SA: Licensed Clinical Social Worker- Substance Abuse Specialty
LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I am currently in the process of obtaining my Certified Eating Disorder Specialist(CEDS) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP).
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