I believe that every person and system possesses a unique, creative intelligence that guides them towards healing and wholeness. As a therapist, I strive to hold a safe, accepting space for my clients to experience growth and transformation. I believe that creativity and playfulness can be helpful for clients of all ages to connect them with their sense of self-knowing and empowerment.
Children: My background in early childhood education informs my work with children and families by showing me first-hand the importance of encouraging emotional intelligence and modeling skills such as empathy and self-soothing. I believe in helping children tap into their creative, playful essence through play therapy to help them develop positive self-esteem, express their thoughts and feelings, practice emotional regulation, and promote effective problem-solving.
Adolescents: I work with adolescents to address the unique challenges that can arise during this transitional time of life. Some of the areas that I address include depression, anxiety, trauma, self-harm, identity issues, social issues, sexual orientation, emotional regulation, and resolving conflicts.
Adults: Some of the areas I help adults address include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief and loss, self-harm, and interpersonal relationship concerns. My focus is trauma-informed care by promoting empowerment, self-knowing, and skill building.
My training in trauma-informed yoga shapes my mindful approach in sessions to promote holistic, mind-body healing, and somatic mindfulness. I am passionate about helping my clients establish a strong mind-body connection so they can use their innate wisdom to guide them towards healing and wholeness. I use self-soothing practices from my yoga training, such as breathing exercises and mindfulness, to educate my clients on effective calming skills.
I am currently practicing under the supervision of Katie Clark, LPC, NCC, while working toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. I earned my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University and hold a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in Psychology and Philosophy.