Safety and connection are the cornerstones of well-being. With them, we can flourish, living the lives we hope to live, facing challenges with strength and dignity, and experiencing moments of calm, peace, and joy. As a therapist, my work is grounded in establishing a safe, collaborative relationship, focused on your goals, building on your strengths, and increasing your ability to maintain a sense of wellness.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience and training helping clients struggling with issues like anxiety, depression, and substance use, and specialized training in the treatment of trauma. I offer an individualized, relational, and person-centered approach, drawing upon a range of skills including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness, and sensorimotor psychotherapy. In partnership, I support my clients in finding their path to feeling safe, grounded, connected, and able to face life's challenges with confidence and skill.
MSW - Social Work, Boston University
Right after graduating with my bachelor's degree, I worked as a case manager for children and youth in rural Appalachia. I found that I was gifted in establishing therapeutic relationships with clients and their families, providing warmth, humor, and a sense of security that helped them to open up and make beneficial changes. I also noticed that most of my clients struggled with histories of trauma and there were not enough therapists available to adequately provide trauma-informed treatment. I wanted to fill that need, and so I sought out education and training specific to that end.
Outside of work, I invest my time in being outside in nature, spending time with my family and friends, reading, singing and playing instruments, and cooking. I also enjoy theatre, movies, and playing board games and tabletop games like D&D.
I move my body, whether it is biking, strength-training, or just going for a walk outside without a screen.
What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer, a book of poetry. I read it before I became a mother and after, and found that it was poignant, therapeutic, and inspiring.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I may be biased because St. Jude is based in Memphis, my hometown, but especially given the state of our healthcare system, I find their policy of providing families with treatment and services at no cost to them incredible. They will also fly in families from all over, providing room and board, as well as the life-saving treatment their children need.
I alternate between spending time with others, my friends and family, and taking time alone—reading, stretching, walking outside, and practicing mindfulness.
I don't have any pets right now, but I used to have a cat and a dog a long time ago. My favorite story is from when I was training my dog, and he was learning to sit. One day I walked downstairs to find that my cat had opened my dog's treat bag and was, one at a time, hitting the treats off of the table to my dog, who was sitting nice and proper, waiting for his treat.
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