Florence Nzaniye, BA, MA intern
Graduate Counseling Intern
My theoretical preferences include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I will borrow from other counseling modalities such as Solution-Focused Therapy, Strength-Based Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Attachment Theory, Developmental Theory, and possibly others, to help strengthen your specific therapeutic impact. My philosophy of counseling is that solid therapeutic alliance and collaborative relationships are essential to provide a holistic based treatment where the client is seen not in pieces but as a whole individual.
I am passionate about serving the BIPOC community. I am interested in working with individuals (ages ten and up) on many issues such as low self-esteem, stress management, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and emotional problems. I am also interested in helping people build trusting and supportive relationships/interpersonal relationships and work on communication issues, grief, loss, and alcohol and drug use interfering with daily function.
"Life is full of stories, and we are authors and narrators of our own stories. Whether ideal or challenging, these stories are a part of who we are. They help construct our beliefs, values, and roles in society. We can change unwanted or undesirable stories and make them fit our current lifestyle. Given a safe and non-judgmental space, people have the ability and strength to work through their problems, find solutions, and change unwanted behaviors."
I have years of experience working in residential treatment facilities as a residential counselor. My clientele includes people with chronic schizophrenia, depression disorder with suicidal ideation/attempts, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, and much more. These experiences have shaped me and helped me value the holistic counseling approach. I learned to accept, value, and treat each person with respect regardless of their diagnosis. The person is first, and a diagnosis is secondary.