My Approach to Helping
Born in Missouri, adopted at 6 weeks, and moved to Illinois, I moved to the mountains of Southwest Virginia with my family when I was eight years old. It was at that time when immediate and extended family members’ battles with mental illness became more apparent, which drove my initial interest in therapy. This interest soon developed into a passion to help individuals, couples, families, and marriages survive and thrive through their toughest moments.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Mary Washington College (now UMW) in 1993 and my Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996.
My approach to the therapeutic process encourages transparency, collaboration, and compassionate progression to maximize life experiences. I believe that attachments in life are significant and the lack of them creates situations that can be overwhelming and hard to navigate. My approach is to facilitate an environment filled with trust, humility, and freedom of judgment in order to explore emotions and vulnerabilities that lie below the surface. Based on the individual needs of my clients, I utilize many modalities including Emotionally Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered, Client-Focused, Reality Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Systems Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Attachment Therapy. I am an active member of the National Association of Social Workers.
I will dig in, helping you heal from the inside, not just teach you skills for symptom relief. I want all the info…because that helps me to help you to help yourself Got it?? I’m analytical, use my irreverent sense of humor (when appropriate), am solution-focused and research-oriented. I am experienced with older adolescents, adults, and couples. I primarily work with women and men, first responders, emergency professionals, teachers, clergy, and other helping professionals. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, domestic issues/violence, chronic pain/illness, life transitions and loss, addictions (all), sexual problems/struggles, and relationship issues. Your positive and healthy transformation is my passion.
In my free time, I enjoy nights with family and friends, traveling, and visiting different food trucks and restaurants (I am a huge foodie). I am a wife and a proud mother. I am a lifelong learner. I enjoy learning, and I’m always on the lookout for training that can help my clients. I am fascinated by how the brain works and take classes centered around the science of the brain and how it affects our emotions and behaviors.