My Focus Areas
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: OCD does not only include obsessions with cleanliness and rituals like hand washing. Obsessions can be about anything and come in the form of intrusive thoughts, images, or sensations. In OCD, these obsessions tend to stick and the sufferer will engage in compulsions to try to get rid of them. When we work together, I will use the gold standard of OCD treatment called Exposure and Response Prevention, or ERP. This approach exposes you to the obsessions you are experiencing and then teaches you how to change your response. Hint: it means not engaging in compulsions. I will show you how to do just that.
Anxiety: It’s normal to feel anxious, like that feeling you get before you’re about to have a difficult conversation or give a public speech. Even if it's an exciting or positive event, we tend to latch on to the discomfort of anxiety, trying our hardest to get rid of it. In the end, that only makes things worse. I can help you learn how to improve your relationship with anxiety through a number of evidenced-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness.
Traumatic Stress: You get to define if something was traumatic to you. And many times what was traumatic to you may not be considered traumatic to someone else. Nonetheless, you deserve to heal from the pain. I utilize trauma informed techniques to help you understand how trauma affects the body and mind as well as providing a safe space to process the past.
Other areas I can help with include developing better coping skills, LGBTQIA+ support, managing social media stress, body image work, improving sports performance, and navigating life transitions.
I believe that there is a level of accountability as a therapist. I wouldn't give my clients ideas and options that I wouldn't do myself. I believe anyone can change but that doesn't mean it is easy. I am neurodiverse affirming, meaning that instead of pathologizing cognitive differences, I aim to help others work with "what they got". I think systemic change is needed for a better world and believe that my work helping others is one small way I can effect that change.
When we work together, I meet you where you are - whether that's a place where you are hesitant about change or where you are ready to dive in and do hard work. Once we establish some goals, I will then tailor sessions based on these goals. If it is related to OCD, I will use Exposure and Response Prevention. For all other treatment issues and goals, I will use a mix of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, harm reduction, and mindfulness.
Licensed Professional Counselor
I received my Master of Science in Education from The University of Akron and have been licensed as a professional counselor in Ohio since 2012. Early on in my career, I worked in community mental health, primarily helping children in foster care. I then moved on to the field of employee assistance programming where I’ve helped an array of people, from those on the front lines of various industries to those in the C-suite. As the need for mental health treatment continued to rise, I saw it as the right time to get back into clinical work and start to specialize in helping those who struggle with anxiety, OCD, and traumatic stress - areas where I not only have clinical training in treating but in which I also have lived experience.
Outside of the therapy room, I highly value movement. You can find me frequently running, biking, or picking up sort of heavy things and dropping them while jamming out to really loud music in my ears. When I’m not doing that, you can find me with my significant other either traveling or cuddling with our hedgehog, Reggie. We met doing stand up comedy but that doesn’t mean we’re funny.