Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed School Counselor
TRC Belden Village
My Focus Areas
Children & Adolescents: I have truly found a passion in collaborating with kids; they inherently have many strengths, and I find that I learn just as much from them as they do from me. At times, I know distress related to school, peers, life changes, worry, or sadness can become burdensome. We will utilize techniques that are almost as creative as they are, such as expressive arts, play therapy techniques, trauma-informed movement, strengths-based interventions, and more in order to address a wide variety of concerns and assist your child in discovering just how awesome they truly are.
Anxiety & Panic: Anxiety and panic are completely normal emotions that we all
experience from time to time. However, if worry, hyper-vigilance, tension, or any other version of the word “stress” feels relentless, it may be interfering with your life.
Together, we will utilize a variety of evidence-based techniques in order to help you
engage mindfully with your world and develop skills to effectively manage stress.
Identity, Self-Esteem & LGBTQ+: I provide an affirming environment to hold space for concerns related to identity, body image, self-esteem, and LGBTQ+. You are welcome here, exactly as you are. We will explore and process your concerns in a collaborative, nonjudgmental, and gentle environment.
Trauma: Have you experienced something difficult that still feels charged when you
replay the memory? There is nothing too big or small. If you answered “yes,” you
aren’t alone, but you may be feeling doubtful about the possibility for change. There
are some amazing, well-researched tools, interventions, and practices that help the
brain heal by reorganizing information that becomes maladaptively stored or “stuck.” Examples of these are: EMDR, trauma-informed movement and breathwork, and expressive arts.
My ideal client: My ideal client is someone who is open, collaborative, and flexible. We are a team, but you are the expert. I’ll entrust you to lead us on this journey.
I operate from a gentle, person-centered orientation and strongly believe in customizing treatment to fit each individual’s needs. I understand that we are all unique and have different strengths, and I hope to learn more about your strengths in order to create a plan specifically for you. While we are a team, you are the expert, and I firmly believe that only you know what is best for you. My use of expressive arts, trauma-informed movement and breathwork, EMDR, strengths-based interventions, CBT, and more will assist you in accomplishing your goals and empower you to trust and believe in yourself.
Experience & Trainings
I have formal education in studio art, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, and a Master of Arts with a dual specialization in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. During my time in the mental health field, I have gained experience in schools, including school-based mental health, as well as outpatient and inpatient community mental health settings. Additionally, I have training in working with diverse populations, military, veterans, and military families. I also have advanced training in trauma-focused approaches, such as EMDR, meditation, breathwork, and yoga-based somatic movement. My passion is expressive arts and I am currently furthering my education in expressive arts in order to become a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist. Examples of expressive arts practices/media are: breathwork, mindful movement, drawing, painting, writing, collage, music, meditation, photography, and many more.
I look forward to getting to know you and feel like it’s only fair that you get to learn a little bit about me. I love nature and outdoor activities of all seasons. Nature helps me find peace, along with some of the same self-care activities that we may explore together. Some of my favorites are yoga, breathwork, meditation, and anything creative - from photography to drawing to baking. However, painting is my favorite.
I am a lifelong learner and am passionate about gathering information that will help me care for people and the world. I enjoy traveling and hope to see as much of the world as possible, and try as many foods as possible along the way. I also love animals and have a very spoiled retired racing greyhound and cat, who are glued to my side as often as they can be. Empathy and creativity are two of my greatest strengths. I look forward to working with you!