Title: Behavioral Health Consultant
Location: Downtown Facility
Education: Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work, Michigan State University; working on Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) certification; trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Joined Center: 2020
Professional Affiliations: Member,National Association of Social Workers
Prior work: Internships at Department of Health and Human Services in Foster Care, Family Service & Children’s Aid as a Behavioral Health Therapist; Full-time Behavioral Health Therapist, Family Service & Children’s Aid
Care Philosophy: My care philosophy includes making my patients feel heard and cared for. Without these two things, little can be achieved through therapy. I carry out my work with a trauma-informed mindset in order to help my patients process through difficult experiences they have lived through in the past. In doing this, many patients experience a decrease in mental health symptoms. Paying attention to what my patients have experienced rather than what is proposed to be “wrong” with them is always at the center of my work.
Special Interests: I am especially interested in the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) research and use my education on trauma in my everyday work.
How can patients contact you if they have questions about their care plan?: Message through MyChart account or call the Center at 517-748-5500, extension is 3308.