imag0732-2I have been doing individual counseling at Dr. Bonin and Associates since August 2016 and Blumrich Counseling since May 2018. I have my B.S. in Education from UL Lafayette and my M.A. in Counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.  In my over 14 years of experience as a counselor, I have worked in a Community Mental Health Center, a Private Practice Office,  Drug and Alcohol Rehab hospitals, Partial Hospitalization Programs, and Inpatient Hospitals.  I have experience working with Children and Adolescents as well as with adults and worked to help those struggling with addiction as well as emotional and behavioral problems.

Treatment Approach

I use a combination of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Reality Therapy, and Play Therapy which I adapt to the needs and preferences of the client. I believe much of the work on counseling is helping people change their perspective or viewpoint of themselves, their life, and others to better handle the stressors and difficulties that are present in everyone’s life. The way we see things affects our mood and attitudes which impacts our ability to function in life.

Education & Credentials

  • Master of Arts in Counseling, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science in Math Education/minor in Social Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2001
  • National Certified Counselor with the NBCC
  • Board-Approved Supervisor of Provisional Licensed Professional Counselors (PLPCs)

Professional Experience

Private Practice Office Counselor    

05/2013 – 06/2014 and 08/2016 – present

(Lafayette, LA and Opelousas, LA)

  • Individual Counseling in a private practice setting

 

Compass Behavioral Health – Therapist    

10/2013 – present

(Various locations near Lafayette, LA) 

  • Provide group therapy for clients in a Partial Hospitalization Program

 

Resource Management Services – Licensed Mental Health Professional

08/2011 – 05/2012 and 04/2013 – 08/2013

(Lafayette, LA)  

  • Provided mental health services to adults and children in homes, schools, and the community

 

New Beginnings Recovery Center – Drug and Alcohol Counselor    

05/2012 – 04/2013

(Opelousas, LA)

  • Conducted individual and group counseling sessions with teenagers struggling with addiction
  • Worked with parents on families issues and provided them with treatment updates

 

Jefferson Behavioral Health System – Therapist in the Youth Services Division  

07/2005 – 08/2011

(Steubenville, OH)     

  • Counseled clients primarily from ages 5-18 years old on an outpatient basis
  • Worked with parents and guardians on parenting skills and behavioral management
  • Performed diagnostic assessments and a variety of crisis intervention services

 

The Ezra Center for Treatment Services – Residential Aide/Therapist        

10/2004 – 06/2005

(East Liverpool, OH)     

  •   Ran Drug and Alcohol groups with teenagers
  • Monitored adolescents using a point system to promote good behavior