I grew-up in several different continents which developed my curiosity about the uniqueness of people and places. I speak fluent French and English. I was previously trained as a Registered Nurse and Mental Health Counseling is my second career. In August 2023, I graduated with a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in New York State after completing my Clinical Internship in a hospital setting. I provided counseling services to patients on the medical floors – chronic illnesses, end of life diagnostics, addictions, traumas (single or complex presentations), dementias, etc. These medical conditions were almost always coupled with diagnoses such as Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Substance Dependence, and Mood Disorder etc. In addition, I counseled patients in the inpatient Adults Psychiatric Department. I have currently expanded my training regarding child, adolescent and adult Trauma and Grief.
I have a biopsychosocial approach meaning I believe many factors come into play in individuals’ well- being such as clients’ significant life experiences, social environments, and relevant mental health history. Simply put, health, emotional and social factors have an impact on well-being. I view therapeutic relationships as developing from a collaborative approach between client and counselor to face difficult feelings and experiences, putting clients’ needs and goals first. The word counseling can convey many different meanings such as healing, the ability to have more control in our life, growth from our strengths, etc.
I am interested in the continuation of learning various approaches because one view would not be enough considering the uniqueness of each person. I am currently focused on expanding my skill set with Schema Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Psychodynamic and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Regardless of the therapeutic approach, I value compassion, a non-judgmental relationship, and humility from the counselor.