I am an Ohio-independently licensed professional clinical counselor with supervision designation (LPCC-S). I am also a nationally board-certified counselor (NCC) and a certified therapist in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDRC).
I began as a helping professional in the mid-1990s as a teenager, working on a crisis hotline created by teens and for teens. Soon thereafter I began volunteering working with individuals infected, affected, and at risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Working in the realm of HIV/AIDS has remained one of my primary passions, working and volunteering in that field for almost 30 years. Such work has included being the program director for HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections and diseases (STIs/STDs) prevention and education, with Planned Parenthood and AIDS Resource Center Ohio (now Equitas Health). In addition to coordination of services, I oversaw many HIV-testing clinics, events, and staff, as well as provided direct services to clients. I also spent many years as a volunteer for the State of Ohio Department of Health Bureau of HIV/AIDS, STD, TB, & Viral Hepatitis, and the University of Toledo’s Medical Center.
Seeking to provide clinical mental health counseling services for a broader range of individuals, I returned to my university training in 2006. Since that time, I acquired two bachelor of arts degrees (one in Psychology and a separate one in Philosophy); a master of arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; and a doctorate of philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision. I spent several years providing clinical mental health counseling at Zepf Center, a community mental health agency; simultaneously, I have been in private practice since 2011. In 2016, I removed myself from my then practice partnership and started my solo practice, Moose Counseling & Consulting, LLC. In July 2019, I Co-Founded and am Co-Executive Director of Kintsukuroi Mental Health & Wellness Services, LLC, where I physically provide services.
This work is part-time for me as in addition to direct counseling and consulting services, I am a tenure-track professor with Bowling Green State University, in the School of Counseling & Special Education’s Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling Programs. There I train and supervise master-level counselors-in-training to help their own clients and students. From a scholarship standpoint, I have produced more than 35 publications in peer-reviewed journals, books, state-wide education curricula, and public media outlets; provided over 130 conference presentations and educational trainings at regional, state, national, and international arenas; and given more than 30 educational television and radio broadcasts. I continue to provide service leadership for professional and community organizations, including (but not limited to) as the immediate Past-President for the Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling and Executive Committee member of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition.
As you can tell, I have a passion for helping others. I view individuals from a developmental approach, recognizing that we all develop into the people we are; and how all of us sometimes need assistance in making positive changes or adjustments for our wellbeing. I am integrative in my clinical theory and techniques, meaning I incorporate various approaches in appropriate therapeutic ways. I view the therapeutic relationship as a team approach, where I am a tool for my clients to utilize in achieving their full potential, improvement, healing, and overall wellness.
My areas of expertise include LGBQQIAPP+ and Trans/Gender Expansive, trauma, mood, personality, HIV/AIDS, and human trafficking. In addition to individual and group counseling services, I am also available for clinical supervision, consultation, trainings, and physiological, personality, and career assessment services.
Moose are some of the most powerful animals. They are strong, yet gentle. Moose are awkward, yet graceful; they are balanced. Moose live focused on positives in their life. They constantly regenerate, re-growing their antlers every year. Moose live in peace and consistent reflection. Moose are easy-going and kind yet can become extremely protective of themselves and those they love.
In addition to having an affinity for the animal itself, I find these noted moose characteristics to be conducive for my approach in working with clients.