I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University. I achieved my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.
My Background and Experience
My interest in helping others has been ingrained in my personhood since I was a child. My goal was to change the world and shift perceptions at a global scale. When my means of achieving this goal were lost, and my physical ability limited through injury I was forced to question my identity. Sinking into a depression of my own I sought out professional help on campus. Through my sessions working with a counselor I began to shape a new identity. I recognized my dream had not died, yet transformed. After that experience I knew that I wanted to be a therapist, and since that day I have worked as diligently as possible to add professional skills to my natural empathy and care.
Having worked in a helping capacity throughout my younger years through volunteer work I got my first chance to work as a counselor at a youth inpatient facility in Southern Virginia. Here, I worked with a range of ages from 6-17 suffering from sexual, physical, and emotional abuse displaying substantial behavioral concerns as a result. This experience also introduced me to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) which has become a base of my therapeutic orientation. Soon thereafter I spent time as a therapist in a general hospital working on solution-focused therapy for patients with an array of physical struggles coupling and creating deterioration of their mental health. Here I learned to work with loss – in all its forms; loss of health, loss of family, loss of confidence, and oftentimes to most difficult loss of autonomy.
Post-grad I have been working in Washington with the underserved in community mental health realm. Working as a child focused clinician south of Seattle I have experience in play therapy, CBT for children, and working through familial conflict. I have continued to enjoy the immense resilience displayed by children and have sought to empower them to be active members in their own lives as well as contributing to others. Along with direct contact with the children of the family I have had positive experiences with providing psychoeducation to parents around behavior and how to assist their children with modification.
As your therapist, I will never claim to be an expert on you. I am here to provide a space for you or your child to explore without judgement or correction. I seek first and foremost to build a relationship with you that empowers you to make changes you wish to create in your life. I believe that through changes in our behavior we can change how we interact with our world and how our world interacts with us.
My goal in working with you is for you to be exactly where you want to be and accept where you are now, at the same time.