I have been in the Mental Health field for nearly 22 years.
My career is truly eclectic in that I started as a Probation Counselor. I moved into a part-time County Mental Health position where I felt I could do more, reach out to more and serve more individuals and families!
I later became Coordinator of a Non-Profit Agency overseeing an Adult Out- Patient Program that provided established, interesting, unique and quality services to an excess of 350 clients per week.
I eventually found myself working as a Family Court Mediator in two separate counties & court systems. I was to specifically mediate between disputing High Conflict parent’s in both Superior Court’s; while making recommendations that were central toward “the best interests” of the children.
During this phase, I also opened up my own Private Practice earning certification to operate a Child Abuse & Neglect and Domestic Violence Education Program. This practice has grown and now offers 6 separate programs. I also serve the individual or family who may need one on one therapeutic support.
Additionally, in 2006, I experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury that forever changed my life! Although my private practice remained and remains in operation, my focus and motivation is now on advocating for Trauma Survivor’s and the Disabled who are so unrepresented and quite often, still neglected!
I was most recently selected to be a member of the California Human Resources Committee hoping to work specifically to advance the under-represented culture of the Disabled including Trauma Survivors.
I have also recently finished my first book and am awaiting publication that will provide an unforgettable glimpse into the world of a trauma survivor. It will hopefully serve those in need a way to capture his or her purpose and inspire one to find a way to document the incredible journey should one find them self or a loved one in the very unique world of trauma, grief and ultimately healing! I will update when my book has finally completed the process to print.
It is my hope for one to find value from my experiences detailed within this book as a way to begin and regain your own sense of normality and right to grieve and mourn! This may ultimately serve as a stepping stone toward true healing! I believe we all have the right to move forward and heal – no matter what the circumstances are or prognosis!! It’s not how many times we fall that define us, but how many times we choose to get back up that will!