I believe that life is full of peaks and valleys and the most effective therapies are those that provide us with tools that can allow us to be more present in our experiences and to learn to embrace and live alongside our emotions rather than trying to fight against them. With this in mind, I utilize several modalities in treatment, primarily client centered approaches, ACT, existentialism, EMDR and mindfulness practices. I also incorporate cognitive behavioral and solution focused techniques.
Training and Education:
I am a Professional Clinical Counselor with supervisory designation (LPCC-S). I received my Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Xavier University. I have specific trainings in EMDR, Perinatal and Maternal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International as well as trainings in mindfulness based ecotherapy.
Areas of Interest:
Becoming a parent can be such a joyous, yet complicated and confusing experience, which can be full of the celebratory emotions we expect and ones we don't often expect; like sadness, fear, grief, anxiety, frustration, etc. Holding space for all is so important and a valid part of navigating all of life's transitions, parenthood being no exception. As a therapist, I believe we all deserve access to that space and that we thrive when we feel supported and connected with others, being able to share that with my client's, especially new parents, is one of my life's greatest blessings. With this in mind, I am predominantly interested in overall maternal mental health and the many transitions parenthood presents. I have interests and experience in working with postpartum depression and anxiety, as well as grief and loss. I am also very interested in attachment styles, trauma, and how these impact our connections to others. Other areas of interest include mindfulness based ecotherapy practices and how humans can connect with and heal through the natural world.
What brings me joy:
I am a mom of 2 and we enjoy spending as much time in nature as possible. I love hiking, camping, kayaking, or biking. I also enjoy passing time by playing my ukulele or curling up to an episode of Gilmore Girls.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (2014)
Xavier University, Master of Arts in Mental Health (2011)
Xavier University, Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (2007)