I am a graduate of Florida State University and New York University, where I received my Bachelors and my Masters degrees respectively. I am currently a PhD candidate in the Counseling program at Montclair State University. My dissertation focus is on cross-racial supervision. As a doctoral student and candidate, I have participated in numerous research that focus on multicultural issues in counseling and supervision, including issues relates to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, spirituality/religion, and adoption. Following the completion of my PhD, I plan to become a full-time professor of Counselor Education while continuing to practice therapy in a private practice setting. Additionally, I am an adjunct professor of counseling –having taught classes at Montclair State University, St. John’s University, and currently at Molloy College.
I have experience working with clients who have suffered from anxiety, depression, marital issues, self-esteem issues, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, and much more. Additionally, I believe that cultural factors are critical to the way we navigate through life. I work hard to address cultural matters, to understand how these may impact our perception of the world. I have an integrative theoretical approach where I am grounded in Person-Centered principles, but utilize tenets from Reality Therapy.
- School: New York University
- License and State: 005999 New York
- American Counseling Association
- Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society
LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR
As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I provide an empathic, safe and non-judgmental environment to remove obstacles, explore your strengths, and empower you to untap the potential and achieve your goals. For the past four years, I have been working with a diverse adult population in a substance abuse treatment facility where I have been providing individual and group therapy as well as assisting with life transitions, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma and family issues. I utilize a holistic and client centered approach as well as various evidence-based theories and techniques tailored to each client’s needs.
Growing up in the Balkans and having a multicultural background, I approach counseling through the context of the client’s world. I have lived in New York for 20 years and have received my MS in Mental Health Counseling from Manhattan College.
I have an optimistic view of life and human nature, and I strongly believe in the power of personal choices to achieve the changes we need. It would be my honor to assist you in your journey of growth and insight. Please give me a call to schedule your free consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.