You’ve likely arrived at this page looking for support during challenging times. This might be the first “About Therapist” page you’ve read, or the fourteenth. Just take a second to pause here, and take a breath with a long, slow exhale. You’re on your way to healing and growth, and help is available.
I understand coming to therapy can require a great deal of courage, and I will never judge you for your issues. I continue to be inspired by my clients’ resilience and I would be honored to support you on your journey.
All intersections of identity are welcome at my practice. As I minored in Sociology as an undergraduate, I’m interested in exploring cultures and sub-cultures, challenging historical sources of power, and the roles these may play on the formation of personality and beliefs. I’m a queer, cis-gender white female, and I enjoy supporting others in exploring their identities.
I use a lot of different tools from an eclectic blend of therapy modalities. Most importantly, I’m going to base my approach in what we agree may work for you, because I consider YOU to be the expert of your own life. Some modalities I may borrow from include: attachment-focused, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, self-compassion, Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and existential therapy. I seek to reduce stigma around mental health with a foundation of psychoeducation rooted in neurobiology. I also require family involvement in treatment when my identified client is under the age of 18.
My therapy clients have described me as calm, authentic, supportive, honest, curious, and gentle. I’ll also be the first one to tell you that I DON’T know everything, and I don’t think it’s my job to give you advice! Instead, I much prefer to empower my clients to make informed choices for themselves. In therapy, we’ll collaborate to uncover your inner wisdom and power starting with the very first session. Whether virtual or in-person, my hope is you can view your sessions as a place where you feel you can be yourself just as you are, so we can explore all of your quirks, struggles, and strengths. I believe strongly that trust is the foundation for all meaningful therapeutic work, so I prioritize maintaining awareness around the quality of the therapeutic relationship in every meeting.
Qualifications and Noteworthy Trainings
- Clinical Supervision Certificate Training – NASW NC, completed June 2022
- Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training with EMDR Consulting, completed March 2020
- Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy Basic Training, completed April 2019
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker, North Carolina, since 2016
- Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, North Carolina, since 2016
- Work experience in direct mental health roles since 2011, including: alternative/experiential education for at-risk youth/young adults, therapeutic boarding school, inpatient eating disorder treatment, services for the homeless, hospitals, inpatient detox and rehab, schools, and outpatient therapy offices serving children, teens, families, and adults
- Master of Social Work, Western Carolina University, 2016 graduate
- Bachelor of Social Work, minor in Sociology, University of Vermont, 2013 graduate
- Fellow human being and recovering perfectionist