Job Title :
Substance Abuse Counselor
Practice Name :
Transitional Services of Iowa
Merrill, 51038 United States
Practice Website :
Years in Practice :
Description of Practice :
Areas of Expertise :
Individual and Group Therapy
Iowa Western Community College (Associate's Degree); Capella University (Bachelor's of Science)
Year Graduated :
How do you try to make a difference in the lives of your patients?
I use a therapeutic approach that is respectful, empathetic, and open to individual needs, strengths, abilities, and preference. I have multiple resources by working with other providers to help meet individual needs, I have a solid understanding of co morbidity. I believe through team work, education, and an open mind, clients make progress when they feel understood and have the appropriate services. The family as a unit is also an important component of understanding the client and the role they adopt in that unit. It is vital to coordinate with service providers who provide medication or skill building services if applicable, to see successful outcomes.
Professional Society Memberships :
American Counseling Association
Honors and Awards :
- President's List
- American Counseling Association
- Honored Member-Continental Who's Who
Teaching and Speaking :
My experience in speaking and teaching is working with a diverse group of Professionals that specialize in specific areas. I work with Professionals and co-workers to integrate services for clients. This often takes me into providing information/consultation in several areas. I work with Administration to address the appropriate training/organization and implementation of policies and procedures on a multiplicity of programs to include presentation of corrective action plans to State Medicaid Organizations. I am responsible for State Waiver Programs and working with their representatives on any actions/changes that are necessary to meet all standards. I have trained new office staff on the absolute necessities to admit a client into services and to handle the diversity of the population who present. My goal is to build expertise in holistic health care and be able to provide education to a wider audience upon graduation.
Philanthropic Initiatives :
My mission is to improve the lives of client through individual therapy, appropriate referral, a complete and holistic assessment on individual needs. I am open to new opportunities, learning from my mistakes, and always placing the client needs as a priority. I focus on my personal growth and self-care to build a positive network based on individual and group work that I lead on a daily basis. I continue to attend trainings, presentations, and reach out to work with other providers in the care of each client who needs individual services beyond what I provide. I remain open to constructive feedback, consulting, and promoting the welfare of each client I see.
Attributes Success To:
I have been working in the mental health field for approximately eight years in which I have provided various services ranging from direct client in home services consisting of behavioral health intervention services and home community-based services as well as mental health quality assurance, substance abuse and mental health therapy including group and individual sessions. I currently work towards bettering myself by attending various training opportunities to enhance and grow as an individual and as a professional. My passion is to help others to alleviate mental health and substances related concerns by providing quality care and being a support to prompt future growth.
I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Iowa. I graduated from Capella University with a Bachelor’s of Science focused on psychology and am currently enrolled in the Masters of Mental Health Counseling program at Capella University. I identify myself as an Integrative Counselor, by utilizing a variety of orientations and counseling techniques, based upon the client's individual/family needs. Utilizing a genuine caring, acceptance, and non-judgmental approach to provide strength-based, positive, and supporting perspectives. I work with a wide range of specialties including substance abuse/addictions, dual diagnosis, as well as clients with additional behavioral concerns of all ages. I have a passion for my profession and consider myself to be blessed to be able to work in a profession that I truly love and feel passionate about.
Place of Birth :
Sioux City, Iowa
Spending time with family