As a therapist
As a student
It is extremely important to me that my clients feel warmth, safety, understanding, and non-judgement in our time together.
I practice from a trauma-informed, strengths-based perspective. This means that I'm never sitting across from you thinking "what is wrong with you?" but instead I am thinking about what has happened in your life and probably being pretty amazed at the creative ways you have adapted! I like to collaborate to use your adaptations and strengths as a foundation to build on to help you reach your goals.
I'm a big believer in using what works. So while talking it out might be the best thing for some, for others our time will be used to learn how to move and feel the body. This might involve creative approaches like art, music, or movement. All of this is up to you. Therapy is not one-size-fits-all (and really, what is?).
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Board-Certified, Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC). Both of these designations require a Master's Degree, supervised clinical hours, and a credentialing exam to attain. Additionally, they require biannual ongoing education credits to maintain. This means that I regularly attend trainings and conferences to stay up to date on best practices.
My post-graduate education has focused heavily on sexual behavior concerns and trauma treatment.
As a human
When I'm not providing therapy, I'm trying to "walk the walk" and take good care of myself just like I encourage my clients to!
For me, this means traveling when I can and exploring local gems when I can't. I love making things, seeing art, spending time in nature, and relaxing at home with a good book and some tea.