I received my training in Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR through the Personal Transformation Institute in October 2019. This is a model of EMDR that applies nonviolence and mindfulness along with somatic and attachment theories to increase feelings of safety and awareness of blocks throughout the reprocessing experience.
My interest in ACT began during my counseling internship in 2016 during which I devoured every book I could on ACT and began utilizing it with supervision. After receiving my counseling license, I received training in ACT from Kelly Wilson, a central figure in the ACT world. Through my work at a residential and partial hospitalization treatment center for eating disorders, I practiced from an ACT stance every day.
I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2013 with my bachelor of music in music therapy. One month later, I received the credentials music therapist-board certified (MT-BC). I graduated in 2017 from Appalachian with an MA in counseling and an MMT in music therapy. I have been practicing music therapy since 2014, and I focus on the intersection of the mind and the body. I am also an advanced trainee in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.
Throughout my clinical work, I have approached clients from a person-centered perspective. I believe that a large part of change in therapy occurs through growth in the therapeutic relationship. I approach each client with unconditional positive regard, and I'm constantly asking, "What happened to you" instead of, "What's wrong with you?" I have found that through our mutual authenticity, growth and change happen.
As a highly sensitive person myself, I know firsthand how difficult big feelings are. They can be overwhelming; they can make day-to-day tasks incredibly challenging. They may cause difficulty in your personal relationships as people think you're too much. Instead of seeing this as a bad thing, what if we shifted our perspective to see it as an exquisite sensitivity, a superpower? Let's build your internal resources to ride the waves of the feelings so that you can use this gift.
I have experience working in a college counseling center, in a private practice in a college town and in a city, and with women and adolescents with eating disorders. There are things that we face as women that require a specialized focus, from systemic sexism to sexual harassment and abuse. These things can feel even more magnified and overwhelming as a sensitive person. Therapy and GIM can support you in discovering your internal resources to support your resilience in this world.
Who am I? What do I want to become? These were questions my clients often asked in my work at a college counseling center and in my private practice. You don't need a diagnosis to want to grow and evolve--I've seen how therapy and GIM can help you grow into a more insightful, resilient, and self-actualized person.