I provide training, and consulting services within the Metro Detroit area and on a national platform. Whether my work is clinical practice with individuals or families, supervision, consultation with organizations, or training, every aspect of my work has a theoretical grounding as well as a human and artistic element in terms of how this theoretical framework and knowledge is applied.
Every client is unique, and services are customized to fit the needs and strengths of each client. Supporting organizations and the community on topics dedicated to creating and maintaining safe and supportive learning environments, including bullying prevention, trauma, and loss, building resilience, and restorative practices. I am motivated to assist you in creating a trauma-informed system of support for your district, business, and/or organization to create a positive environment and change using a resilience-focused lens. With over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families, I have in-depth experience in clinical and administrative roles working in and consulting with schools and community organizations.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Michigan, hold an MSW from Wayne State University, and am a Certified Trauma and Resilience Practitioner/Trainer with Starr Commonwealth. During the shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, I obtained my clinical telehealth certification to provide therapy online. I also hold an Educational Specialist Degree from Oakland University in Organizational Leadership. I am pursuing a doctorate at Oakland University. I am a full-time social work/mental health faculty member at Oakland Community College and an adjunct faculty at OU within the School of Education and Human Services and the Department of Social Work.
"This was a great workshop which clearly explains that trauma is not always what happens to you, but how it can be perceived. I believe that ALL educators should have an understanding of where our students come from and the emotional turmoil that toxic stress causes.” — Kelly W. - MAASE Summer Institute Participant
"This training was beneficial for me to understand how I can be an instrument of change not only for the clients I serve, but for my colleagues as well." - John F. - NOLA Public Schools
"This was such an incredible day of learning for our staff! As we learned about how we can create changes despite the adversity our children experience. Our team truly enjoyed this and felt it a worthwhile use of our time." -- Deborah B. - Pontiac Community Schools
“I had never really thought of things such as poverty or growing up with a chronically ill parent might be considered forms of trauma. Looking at all the various situations that could be experienced as trauma or toxic, you realize the importance of getting this knowledge out to everyone. So valuable!” -- Michael N. - MEMPSA Conference Participant