Part of what has drawn me to a career in counseling, is that I’ve always loved learning about people. It was a natural fit for me to explore a career in social work. I started by getting a Bachelor's degree in Social Work at SUNY Brockport.
My first job started a month after graduation, I spent the next seven years working at a women’s correctional facility. There I learned a great deal about how to best approach issues including women’s health and sexuality, substance abuse, trauma, and conflict resolution. It was working at this facility where I also learned that listening is only one part of counseling—helping people change doesn’t work well if the person doing the counseling offers no feedback, ideas for change, or interventions.
I started my private practice in 2008. Shortly before opening my doors, I learned about the concept of, “Feedback Informed Treatment.” This was a turning point in my career. I learned that by taking regular measurements of a client’s well-being and obtaining their feedback on the therapeutic session, I could be much more effective in helping clients meet their goals.
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