Hi, I'm Brandy!
I'm a licensed registered mental health counselor intern and psychotherapist, but you can consider me a guide and facilitator of change and personal growth. My passion is helping people who want to feel better and gain more control over their lives, but they fear change and the unknown.
Why Work With Me?
I personally understand how messy and confusing life can be at times, and how difficult it can be to navigate your way through it on your own. I offer my clients warmth, understanding, and authenticity with a soft, but direct and honest approach. I like to get to the root of the problem so that you gain insight and begin the process of emotional healing.
Painful life events are difficult to go through, but are often opportunities to gain clarity about who you are, what you want, and what you value most in life. This is the point at which we take more control over our lives, experiences, and choices, and write a new narrative.
Being in emotional discomfort or pain is difficult, but being stuck there for any length of time can feel like agony. I will help you learn how to take better care of yourself through the process of transition, how to get your needs met moving forward, and how to make sense and meaning from some of life's most difficult moments. I believe the answers and the power are within all of us, and sometimes we just need support and guidance to help discover that. I work with a variety of diverse clients, which include:
- Teens (ages 13-18)
- LGBTQ+ (individuals & couples)
- Polyamorous Relationships
- M.S. in Counseling and Psychology | Troy University, 2017
- B.S. in Behavioral Healthcare | University of South Florida, 2015
Trainings & Credentials
I have experience working with adults, teens, and couples who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, low-self-esteem, borderline personality, and relationship difficulties.
I'm a Certified Basic Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) practitioner, which is a type of trauma therapy that offers quick and effective results to resolve emotional pain. ART is officially recognized as an evidence-based treatment for psychological trauma and depression by the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). What sets this trauma therapy apart from others is that it doesn't require you to talk about your traumatic event and one session is typically all it takes to resolve intrusive memories and emotional distress. ART can be used on any type of loss and emotionally painful event.
I'm also trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, which is an evidence-based therapy that focuses on the emotional experience of each person in the relationship and the pattern of communication between them. Using EFT, I help couples improve their communication, increase their understanding of each other's needs, build trust and support, and develop emotional intimacy, which is the foundation for a healthy lasting love.
As a Crisis Pregnancy Coach I also help women experiencing unplanned pregnancies by offering a confidential and nonjudgmental space where they feel supported and safe to explore their emotions and choices.
Other healing modalities I use include:
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) Intensive Training
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
- Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA)
- Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association (SMHCA)
- International Society of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (IS-ART)
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