Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5445 USA
My educational background began in Detroit. I am a native Detroiter from the west side and attended Detroit Public Schools. I attended Western Michigan University and obtained both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work from WMU (Interpersonal Practice). Additional field education includes work at the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek. As an undergraduate student, I lived in various resident halls on campus, even working at Sindecuse Health Center in a work-study position.
Following graduation from WMU, I extended my knowledge base, training and skillset in the areas of Mental Health and Substance Abuse treatment related to depression, anxiety, mood- and thought-disorders and crisis intervention. I use clinical employment of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Awareness, Substance Abuse skills and some concepts of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as appropriate and Solution Focused therapy.
Prior to my current position in the Counseling Center, I previously worked in Student Affairs as the University Case Manager for six and a half years. Prior to WMU, I worked in the community mental health system in Kalamazoo for 26 years, with 18 of those years working directly for Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. My previous positions and work experience included Mental Health Case Management, Outpatient therapy (counseling), Mobile Crisis Intervention, Emergency Mental Health Screening and Access Specialist.
I was a reserve deputy with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department in the 1990s. I really enjoy working with the great students of WMU, which offers such a diverse population of individuals from varied backgrounds within Michigan, the U.S. and all over the world. My goal is to continue to expand my knowledge base as a professional, while assisting students who are struggling to cope and empowering those students to succeed.