LET'S GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER
A FELLOW TRAVELER, WALKING ALONGSIDE
I strive to not take myself too seriously both in my personal and professional life. I meet my clients with an approachable, down to earth and gentle demeanor. I’m not interested in being viewed as an expert with all the answers, expecting clients to comply with my advice because I do not believe this is an effective approach in therapy. Instead, I view myself as a fellow traveler, honored to walk alongside a client on their journey. I value my clients’ authenticity and emotional vulnerability, and I in turn do my best to embody and model these values myself.
Whether you’re new to the idea of counseling or you’ve received services in the past, a stable therapeutic relationship is crucial to progress in therapy. Just like any other important relationship in your life, the trust between client and therapist is cultivated, fostered and developed over time. It’s a big deal to share parts of your heart with a stranger and I honor the time and experience it takes to develop a foundation of trust in therapy.
My approach to therapy is trauma-focused, meaning that we work together to heal unresolved attachment, developmental and relational wounds that manifest in various forms of emotional distress. The resolution of unresolved wounding is important in the healing process because such unresolved wounds keep us repeating the same unhealthy patterns in relationships, family systems and professional roles. And, perhaps most importantly, unresolved wounds keep us severely disconnected from ourselves.
"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy. I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."
A LITTLE ABOUT ME
I am passionate about supporting others toward healing. I love people. I feel charged when I connect with others and I feel excited about engaging in deep, personal and existential conversations. It doesn’t get much better for me.
I love a lot of other stuff, too! Dogs. Cycling. Reading. Yoga. Coffee. Nature. Travel. For my fellow Harry Potter fans, I’m a Gryffindor. But if I’m being honest I’m really more of a Gryffinpuff (and if I’m being completely honest, I’m married to a Slytherin). I am a fur/feather mamma to a menagerie of pets including two pups, one cat and a very large parrot.
I’m also no stranger to healing or suffering. I have been “doing my own work” for over a decade. “Doing the work” simply means that I work on my own stuff on a consistent and regular basis and in a variety of ways, though typically by sitting in the client seat when I see my own therapist. I’m a huge advocate of therapists and others in the healing profession doing their own work— imagine how odd it would be to work with a personal trainer who doesn't exercise.
"Vulnerability is not about winning or losing. It’s having the courage to show up even when you can’t control the outcome." -Brené Brown
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
2011 - Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a focus on Neuropsychology and Eating Behavior from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL
2012 - Mental Health Technician and Recreational Therapy Assistant at Flagler Hospital Psychiatric Unit in St. Augustine, FL
2012 - Health Coach Program Graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
2014 - Behavioral Health Technician at EPIC Recovery Center in St. Augustine, FL
2015 - Student Therapist at Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle, WA
2015 - Mental Health Intern and Certified Drug Professional Trainee at Evergreen Recovery Center in Everett, WA
2016 - Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a focus on Holistic Health Psychology from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA
2016-2019 - Substance Abuse Prevention Counselor, Opioid Treatment Team Clinician, Outpatient Mental Health Clinician and Team Lead at EPIC Behavioral Healthcare in St. Augustine, FL
2019-Present - Primary Therapist at The Augustine Recovery Center in St. Augustine, FL
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
FL License # MH16535, November 2018
Neuro Affective Relational Model
Level II advanced practitioner training- November 2019
Post-training requirements- September 2020
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist
EMDRIA approved training- February 2020
Post-training requirements- May 2020
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Holistic Health Coaching Certificate