I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and families for 15 years in a variety of mental health and educational settings with a focus on increasing personal strengths and fostering healthy relationships. I specialize in the treatment of trauma and anxiety, along with depression, stress management, life transitions, relationship issues, parenting, interpersonal struggles and work and career issues.
In working with clients I use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, hypnotherapy, client-centered and systems modalities, tailoring treatment to the specific needs of each individual. Therapy is a collaborative effort in which client and therapist work jointly to identify barriers to growth, resolve past traumas and focus on strategies to improve wellness. My approach to counseling is warm, collaborative, supportive and direct. My belief is that every person has the ability to heal, change and grow. A strong therapeutic relationship encourages trust and allows the client and therapist to work equally in a team approach on difficult issues. As part of this process, I work to create tools and coping skills to fit the needs of each unique person using a variety of techniques.
Prior to my therapy work, I have worked with both adults and teenagers in transitional housing. I have over 6 years working with both adolescents and adults in a mental health setting. The individuals within this population struggle with; substance use, depression, anxiety, PTSD, sexual orientation, gender identity, body image, eating disorders and more.
While working with a variety of individuals amidst life transitions, depression and anxiety; I enjoy the ability to work collaboratively with clients to find a treatment that is best suited for them. I truly believe each client presented offers a unique experience and treatment should be tailored to fit their needs.
My goal is to provide a place for individuals to feel valued and heard. Acceptance is provided in order for individuals to feel safe vocalizing their struggles and emotions. I practice with sincere, direct and open communication in order to build the therapeutic alliance with each client. This foundation of therapy is what I strive to offer.
I chose this work in order to support each individual on their journey. I am moved by the connection that is formed with each individual in the therapeutic setting. I am privileged to witness and support each client as they begin feel empowered and motivated while growth and change is occurring.
As a pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I specialize in working with couples, families, parent-child relationships, and individuals.
I have always been passionately motivated to pursue a path where I am able to sit with other’s pain, providing the space one needs to find their own inner light. Since I was a little girl I have been constantly evolving into who I am today. The woods in my backyard growing up were a vast, entangled play area where my mind was able to run wildly. It started as a place to pretend and over the years became a sanctuary to meditate in and journal personal thoughts. I believe the place of peace I found in the woods is also that place of peace that can be found in the therapy room. This being said, my style of therapy is very experiential and I choose to work with clients as a whole person. It is my belief that every person can heal and grow through seeing the mind, body, and spirit as one.
I have an extensive and experienced background working as a Youth Treatment Counselor for adolescents and young children under the age of ten. Both populations I worked with were at risk for suicidal ideation, had self-injurious behaviors, struggled with major psychological needs, and endured the discomfort of deep emotional scars that have been imprinted on their lives from traumatic events. Alongside working with at risk youth and children, I have been a nanny with different family systems for eight years. Each family has shown me that when one another are being heard and emotions are validated, everyone has a larger sense of belonging.
I have also worked with individuals who have struggled with depression, loss, low self-esteem, high anxiety, or role confusion through volunteer and mission trips. In this recent year I have started to gain experience working with couples and families as they have encountered challenging life transitions or unknowns of a new directional path.
By more fully loving ourselves and knowing who we are, we can then know how to have better relations with others. Especially those we love. Love for me is the main source of finding unity within oneself and union with another. We are all capable of this discovery.
“For the last several years, I have been working with both adolescents and adults with eating disorders. Through my time spent working with eating disorders in various levels of care, I have come to the knowledge that every disorder is a complex and unique struggle. From this work has developed a deep passion for working with individuals struggling with food addictions, emotional eating, body image, and/or self-esteem. In addition to eating disorders, I have experience running art therapy groups with men struggling with substance abuse as well as adults with varying intellectual disabilities. I have also have worked with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and PTSD.
I understand that each client has unique struggles and needs, therefore I work to incorporate various aspects of healing into my work. In addition to therapy, I am a yoga/meditation instructor and working artist. Upon discussion with clients, I would love to find creative ways to integrate these outlets into therapeutic work because, first and foremost, my hope is to treat the whole person and not just a diagnosis.
Whatever emotional struggle, stressor, or disorder an individual is struggling with I am certain there is a unique approach that will lead to healing.”
Hi. I am so glad that you’re here. I want you to know that you have the power within you to transform your life and it would be my absolute joy to help you to harness that power. My wish for you is that you create the change in your life that you desire.
No matter where you are on your journey, I want to walk beside you to help you to determine the best path forward. I utilize both evidenced-based and mindfulness-based mental health treatment to facilitate change. I work holistically, always seeing the whole person to understand needs for healing and growth. I believe that through the mind, humans have the ability to control how to interpret our interactions, through the body we determine how we experience the world, and through the spirit we get to determine what it all means.
My background and clinical training is in Marriage and Family Therapy. I specialize in working with individuals and couples as they seek to develop fulfilling connection within their relationships and also have significant experience working with children and teens.
I hope to provide a secure space for you to explore your emotions, relationships, and experiences in a way that will promote healing and growth.
I am currently completing student teaching as a Kindergarten teacher at Weber Elementary. I have endorsements in special education, as well as, culturally and linguistically diverse education. I have taught in a classroom for children with autism in Westminster Public School district where I received training in emotional and physical support including sensory interventions for children 4-12 years of age.
I have training in curriculum development for WONDERS, PMI, PSI and Zones of Regulation. I also have training in DIBELS testing and running records for children struggling in literacy. In this practice, I look forward to helping children learn self-regulation in social and emotional situations. Social and emotional self-regulation is important in helping children master new challenges, increase self-esteem and improve pro-social interactions.
I enjoy working with children, teens, families, and couples. I have been fortunate to be able to work with each of these groups throughout my life.
As a wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, combined with 25+years of experience in my career as a registered nurse, I understand the joys and the challenges life can offer.
As a young adult, I counseled teens in recovery from substance use disorders and helped their parents work through the transitions and changes necessary to that process.
As a nurse, I provided care for patients and their families in a Neurotrauma Unit and later worked with patients in recovery from alcohol and/or substance abuse on an Addictions Rehabilitation Unit.
As a Certified Nurse Case Manager I worked on-site with individuals who had sustained catastrophic work injuries. I worked closely with injured workers and their families to coordinate medical care, provide education and offered support throughout the acute and rehabilitative phases of recovery.
I currently volunteer as a mentor with women who are in recovery from substance use disorders providing support for them as they struggle with rebuilding their relationships with friends, family and in their work environments.
While undergoing treatment for breast cancer I was introduced to mindfulness-based stress reduction and these techniques I still use today. I incorporate mindfulness in my work with clients as a tool for stress reduction.
As a therapist, I strive to truly listen and be present with clients with empathy and authenticity.
I believe seeking and maintaining a connection with one another is innate, and see my role as a facilitator in helping clients build stronger connections and improve their communication with one another.
I use a combination of an experiential/relational approach; Emotionally Focused Therapy techniques, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy techniques, Gottman techniques, Play Therapy and Filial Therapy.
My career path of becoming a clinician started during my time in undergraduate studies where I learned the breadth and depth of psychology. From there, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the helping profession and craved to learn more about the intricacies of mental health. During my time in my Master’s program, my desire to help those who are struggling and are in need of mental and emotional healing has continued to grow and intensify. From the short time I have spent with clients, I have learned that there is not one type of client and there is no “one size fits all” approach in treatment. Because of this, I am dedicated to work with clients in a collaborative way on top of utilizing methods and techniques that I see clinically fit in order to give the clients an optimal counseling experience. I am currently working towards becoming a child and adolescent counselor but am open to working with clients of all ages. Although I don’t have much experience clinically, I am eager to learn and further my clinical training at Road to Growth!