I truly believe, as Aristotle once said, human beings “by nature are social animals”. My love for groups was ignited while participating as a member in an experiential group for first year graduate students. After initially experiencing a great deal of anxiety, I have realized how much I have grown personally and professionally. I have made it my mission to get involved in as much as I can in the field to advocate for group psychology and psychotherapy.
As a graduate student, I wrote my dissertation on group leadership and attended numerous group conferences and trainings in Chicago, Illinois. Since graduation, I have been involved in several professional organization. I am Member-at-Large in Division 49, and serve as a co-chair of Task Force for Early Career Psychologists. I am a member of the Group Specialty Counsel and helped with the development of the petition to the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) to have group psychotherapy/psychology designated as a specialty. I have also been involved in the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). I am on the Workshop Committee for the 2014-2016 term; we are tasked with reviewing of workshop proposals, observing assigned program events, and providing feedback to the assigned workshop faculty. Shortly after becoming a licensed psychologist, I was certified as a group psychotherapist (C.G.P.) with AGPA. Currently I work as a group coordinator at the University of North Florida (UNF) Counseling Center, as well as part-time in a private practice. I facilitate two interpersonal process groups at UNF, and one group at the private practice.
My focus as a Member-at-Large would be to continue engagement of early career psychologists and graduate students as well as advocating for group psychology/psychotherapy. Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions or comments about my candidacy.