About

I have been a licensed counselor for over 20 years, but counseling was my second career. I served in active military duty for the U.S. Navy for 30 years. While I served, I began pursuing my career in counseling at the age of 42. To gain my initial licensure as a counselor, I worked evenings and weekends at a local clinic. When I closed out my naval career in south Georgia, I got my licensure in the state of Florida and have been working as a counselor ever since. 

I know what it is like to be an adult pursuing a new career and continuing my education while working full time. I know what it is like to balance life and career and a marriage to attain my goals.

If I can do it, you can too! I am here to help.

Certifications

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (FL-MH6275)

National Certified Counselor (NCC)

International Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-II)

Supervisor for LMHC interns in the State of Florida.

Official Partner of Licensure Exams, CounselingExam.com

Experience

2016 – present: Mental Health Counselor at First Coast Counseling, LLC

I opened a new office in Fernandina Beach, Florida, and have been seeing patients since on a full time basis.  Currently I am working with six EAP providers and have also been approved as a provider for Aetna, Humana, and Tricare.  Additionally, I am pursuing credentializing with several other insurance companies and have completed the certification requirements as an International Certified Gambling Counselor Level Two – ICGC-II and work as an independent contractor for The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling.   

1996 – present: Licensure Exams (CounselingExam.com) Researcher, Content Creator, Consultant

I have prepared hundreds of case scenarios along with all supporting material and questions consistent with the current NCMHCE clinical exam format. This has directly influenced the online exam simulations on CounselingExam.com. I am an expert resource for you as you study for your exam.

1996 – 1999: Licensure Obtained

1996 – Worked at Care Clinic, New London, CT (M-F during the evening 4pm-11pm and Saturdays 8am-6pm), providing counseling services for individuals, couples, and groups on a walk in basis, along with individuals from various contracts held by the Clinic, including several EAP’s, along with being solely responsible for the Probation Contract with the New London, CT Police Department.

1998 – Attained  licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (State of Connecticut). Met all requirements for initial Certification as a National Certified Counselor 10/24/98.

1999 – Initial licensure as Mental Health Counselor (State of Florida) .

​1976 – 2005: Active Duty U.S. Navy

During my years of military service in the U.S. Navy, the majority of my assignments were in direct support of the operation, maintenance, repair, and control of Naval Nuclear Propulsion Plants.  Additionally, on two separate occasions I served at training commands, once as an instructor at Submarine School in Groton, CT in the Advanced Engineering Department, and also a Division Director at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command. I held titles of Naval Quality Assurance Officer, Assistant Material Officer, Repair Officer Navy Nuclear Power Training Unit, and Radiological Controls Officer.

Education

1985-1989 Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Vocational Education at SIU (Southern Illinois University)

1994-1996 Dual Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and Human Resources Development at Webster University

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