ABOUT ME

 


My Formal Education


College of St. Joseph, Rutland, Vermont

I went back to college at the age of 43. I went to the college I started to attend in 1986 when I graduated High School. I graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. While studying there I took many fascinating courses like: modern media; cosmic horror movies; sociology; theology; criminal justice; organizational behavior; and website marketing. These were in addition to the core BA courses and required psychology courses.

Degree Confirmed: June 2017 

As a Provider Scholarship fund recipient I was required to complete community service hours to give back to my community. I helped with events such as: the annual Easter Egg Hunt; the annual trick or treating Halloween event; fundraising for Dismas House; Bingo with residents at the Bardwell House; and I organized a public screening of “The Anonymous People.”


University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

I applied to the University in the fall of 2017. I was accepted into the program and began there in the fall of 2018. I graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I took many interesting and educational courses such as Human Development, Research Methods, Career Counseling, Counseling Assessments, Diagnosis in Counseling, Psychopharmacology for Counselors, Addiction, Family Counseling, Professional Issues and Ethics, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Counseling Theories, Group Counseling, Trauma Informed CBT for Veterans, and Postpartum Depression/Perinatal Mental Health for Women.

Degree Confirmed: August 2020, CACREP Accredited Program


Certifications required for licensure in Vermont:

I recently sat for the National Counselors Examination in May 2021 and passed. I have attained the National Board of Certified Counselor’s National Certified Counselor designation/certification. The two tests I will need to take before licensing are the Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination and the Alcohol and Drug Counselors Examination.


My Work Experience


August 2020 – June 2021: Baymark Health Services (BAART Programs)

(BAART Programs) Master’s Level, MAT Counselor, Apprentice Addiction Professional


September 2017 – December 2020: University of Vermont Medical Center

(Inpatient Psychiatry) Master’s Level, Mental Health Technician, CPR/AED Certification, MOAB & ProAct Certified


August 2019 – August 2020: Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services

(One Year Internship) Bachelor’s Level, Intensive Outpatient Program – Group Clinician, Adult Outpatient Program Clinician


September 2014 – June 2017: Rutland Mental Health Services

Peer Support Specialist, Crisis Support Specialist, Residential Recovery Specialist, Site Safety Coordinator, Group Facilitator


June 2013 – March 2015: Vermont Psychiatric Survivors – Outreach Program

Peer Support Specialist, Recovery Coach, Wellness Recovery Action Plan Facilitator, Intentional Peer Support Certified


Training Certificates


April 2020: Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals (PESI)

Instructor: Joni Gilbertson, MA, NCC, LCPC, LMHC, BC­TMH, CTMH

CEU: 12.5 Hours (Online); Test Completed 04/08/2020 – 10:46 AM CST; Original Program Date 02/20/2020


July 2020: Cognitive Behavior Therapy Techniques for Everyday Practice (PESI)

Instructor:  John Ludgate, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist Psychotherapist

CEU: 6.25 Hours (Online); Test Completed 07/19/2020 01:26 AM CST; Original Program Date 07/26/2016


CEU: 6.25 Hours (Online); Test Completed 07/12/2020 10:43 PM CST; Original Program Date 03/21/2017


September 2013: Wellness Recovery Action Plan Group Facilitator (Vermont Recovery Network)

Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery

Instructors: Karen Lorentzon, Jane Winterling

Turning Point Center, Rutland, VT, September 2013


June 2013: Intentional Peer Support (Vermont Psychiatric Survivors)

Shery Meade

Instructor: Chris Hanson

Capitol Hotel, Montpelier, VT, June 2013


Professional Credentials & Affiliations


American Counseling Association (Member # 6526860)

National Board of Certified Counselors (NCC) National Certified Counselor (June 2021)


Wellness Practices Encouraged and Supported by Me:


“When ‘I’ is replaced with ‘we’ even illness becomes wellness.” ~ Malcolm X

  • Guided Meditation ~ Many can be found on the “Calm” Phone App
  • Mindfulness Practice ~ Based on Buddhism philosophies
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Grounding Exercises ~ for example, 5,4,3,2,1 activity
  • 12 Steps (work) with a Sponsor
  • Support Group Meeting Attendance
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Yin (Restorative) Yoga
  • Tai Chi and Qui Gong
  • Karate / Kung Fu (Martial Arts)
  • Balanced Nutrition Programs (Organic/Local)
  • Strength Training Programs
  • Cardiovascular Exercise Programs
  • Music Therapy
  • Writing (Journal) Therapy
  • Art (Crafts) Therapy
  • Bowen Theory Family Therapy
  • Integral Life Plan ~ Ken Wilber

Check back on this website often, as I will be posting articles on each of these practices regularly.


Modalities


  • Adults & Adolescents
    • Individual
    • Couples
    • Families
    • Groups

 


Issues


  • ADHD/Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Addiction/Alcoholism
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety 
  • Attachment Patterns
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Career Transitions
  • Compassion Fatigue – Burnout
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Gender Role/Identity Issues
  • Grief/Loss
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Mania
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men’s Issues
  • Mental Health Advocacy
  • Mood Disorders
  • Multiculturalism
  • Societal Oppression
  • Palliative Care – Redesigning End of Life
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Perinatal/Postpartum 
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Racial Identity
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Orientation Issues
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Stress Tolerance/Resilience
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women’s Issues

 

 


Types of Practice/Therapies


  • Attachment/Adjustment Theory
  • Career Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention Plans
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Therapy
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Positive Psychology (Strengths Based)
  • Relapse Prevention Plans
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Transtheoretical Stages of Change
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plans
  • Written Exposure Therapy

 


Vermont License


VT Secretary of State Board of Allied Mental Health Professionals

Non-Licensed & Non-Certified Psychotherapist (License # 097.0134612)

VT Secretary of State Office of Professional Regulation

Apprentice Addiction Professional (License # 149.0133944)


 

Liability Insurance


Healthcare Providers Service Organization

Professional Liability Insurance; Policy # 0675329695