About My Clients
Trauma impacts our brains’ ability to process past and current experiences, and I believe that forming stronger relationships with ourselves deepens our capacity to meaningfully connect with other people. I love working with adolescent and adult clients who want to get to know themselves and their brains better so they can better face life's challenges, including trauma, anxiety, or relationship abuse. I have a particular interest in partnering with clients who have experienced religious trauma.
My Background and Approach
In our sessions, we will process your experiences so you can understand them better, learn ways to be more mindful and present, teach your brain new ways of being, and even rest in the joy of laughter. Counseling is a partnership, and I want to create a trusting and supportive relationship with you. You are a whole person with a story worth telling, so I strive to be fully present and bring my authentic self to each session. I use integrative therapy techniques--including cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing, and relational cultural therapy (RCT)--to help you align your values with your response to challenges. I became a therapist after teaching high school English for 13 years because I have a passion for helping people use their innate resilience to feel more in control of their lives. I look forward to hearing your story and walking alongside you in your journey toward living each day with self-compassion and purpose.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) with Hamilton County's ProKids to help children who have experienced abuse or neglect as they work through trauma and move toward a permanent, loving home. I am a fierce advocate for social justice, and I believe vehemently in the innate value of all people. An equitable world is a healthy world, and that starts with people who care about the lives of marginalized or oppressed communities. I believe that taking care of your mental health gives you the ability to better care for others whose voices may not be heard without help. I am an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community, and I work daily on confronting my biases and seeking out ways to further work toward an anti-racist, inclusive community.