My goal and vision for Clarion Nous was and is to support individuals who are having difficulty facing life’s barriers and reaching their goals. Through various life experiences (personal and professional), I have found that many individuals struggle not because they are incapable of overcoming life’s challenges but because they do not have the support and/or encouragement they need. I believe that as humanity becomes “busier”, life becomes more complicated, affecting relationships and how individuals see themselves fitting in the world. Life is full of complicated events that are difficult to overcome, especially without support. Ultimately, these difficulties distract individuals from pursuing what is essential and meaningful. To help individuals reach their goals, I provide a place of understanding and honest feedback. In addition, I hope that through collaboration, I can challenge an individual's harmful coping mechanisms so that they gain awareness of what is preventing them from achieving their goals safely.
As we work together in the first session, we can find the best approach to meet your goals safely. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist-Associate. I earned an undergraduate degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Divinity from Duke University. I earned my Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University. I also provide coaching and consultation packages and services.
I am also a clinically trained chaplain who worked with medical and allied health providers, individual patients, and their families in hospital/clinical and residential settings. I have completed and participated in various trauma-informed and focused training programs. I have completed the Trauma Informed Professional Practice (TIPP) training program through the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. I am a Master Level Practitioner of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). I also utilize other brain-based healing modalities rooted in neuroscience to help the individual process and/or resolve the debilitating effects of trauma.
I am also a Trauma Resolution Practitioner and utilize brain-based healing modalities such as The Cortina Method (TCM) - an experiential process that utilizes the latest neuroscience concepts and provides individuals with profound positive transformation, removes painful and debilitating emotions, and replaces them with excitement for the future.
In collaboration with my friend and colleague Patty Montagnino, LCSW, we developed The Ibrido Method, a brief trauma intervention to help resolve trauma. Our development of this method was to provide a neuroscience-informed approach to those working with individuals in settings where time and financial resources might not be readily available. Our training is for mental health providers, school counselors, life and wellness coaches, peer support specialists, and chaplains/pastors.
I am a member of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society, where I help promote the organization's mission of "scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling".
Lastly, I am honored to work with and collaborate with various non-profit organizations that provide services to veterans and their families such as Fairways for Warriors and Operation Red Wings Foundation to provide trauma-informed care to the organization's members.