When you change the way you see things, the things around you change. If you want to change your life, you must first change the way you think. As your therapist, I will help you gain clarity on, and connection with, your own inner spirit as we uncover how you view yourself and your experiences. I will provide you with support, as well as gently challenging you when it is helpful to do so, all the while offering a space of unconditional acceptance, positive regard, and empowerment.
I have been a therapist and social worker in both inpatient and outpatient settings since 2008. I devoted my early training to working with families and children before moving towards a focus on teens and women. My clinical specialties lie in co-occurring disorders of trauma and addiction, as well as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I use scientific, evidence-based strategies to help you gain an understanding of how your past experiences have shaped your worldview, which in turn fuels how you think, feel, and behave in the here and now.
Specifically, I utilize the therapeutic approaches of psychodynamics, CBT, humanistic and mindfulness based practices, with a side of humor thrown in for good measure. I have advanced training in perinatal mental health, TF-CBT, and DBT. I am currently working towards a Prenatal and Postnatal Fitness Specialist Certification through the American Fitness Professionals and Associates. I will be working towards becoming certified in EMDR in 2022.
Helping you achieve increased self-awareness and understanding is only the beginning. Once you become more aware, I will then help you to enact behavioral change in your daily practices such that you can apply what you’ve learned about yourself in sessions to improve how you feel. I am a champion of health and wellness as research shows the profound impact that moving your body has on your mental well-being, and, specifically, on recovery from addiction, anxiety, depression, and even heavy trauma. We will work together to help you find the self-care habits that fit best with your personality and lifestyle as studies show even small changes can have huge benefits. Is exercise not your thing? That’s ok! I will also teach you how to train your mind through mindfulness, meditation exercises, and spiritual practices that have also been shown to have major health and wellness benefits.
I am a licensed Independent Social Worker with supervisory designation as well as a certified case manager. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace College in 2003, and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2008.
I will help you to overcome your current challenges as well as connect you to your inner spirit more fully so that you may ultimately realize your truest, most authentic expression of self.