Wherever you have come from and whatever situation you find yourself in now, I believe that you have the ability to find joy, love, and community in your life. I value my role in providing you with support and encouragement in a safe environment as you work to achieve your goals. I’ve been working in the field of mental health for 10+ years and wouldn’t choose to do anything else.
I specialize in treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Trauma, PTSD, relationship conflict, anger management and Developmental Disabilities. I have training in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and utilize evidence based practices such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I love to work with Children/Adolescents, especially in the areas of attachment and healing from trauma. I also use mindfulness, relaxation, and acceptance throughout our sessions together.
I’m pretty much a county girl who moved to the big(ger) city. I’m always learning, rarely accepting limits, and continuously on the move. When I’m not working (which is rare, to be honest), I’m typically hanging out with my dogs, gardening, reading, or cooking. I LOVE food (any new, creative foodie place), massage, and yoga. I believe strongly in holistic work, utilizing all of the senses to find growth and healing. I am passionate about staying active and being intentional about knowing myself. I think it is essential to know who I am in order to support you, so I spend significant time challenging myself to be the most authentic version of myself possible. I work hard and won’t push you where I haven’t gone before. I’m not afraid of doing the work because I see where it has brought me, and it is exactly why I do the work I do.
I graduated from Wayne State University with my Master’s in Social Work, and received my Undergradute degree in Social Work from Cornerstone University. I’ve spent most of my time between Detroit, Flint and Ann Arbor, with much of my career working in Community Mental Health. I’ve also spent time with The Alzheimer’s Association, working with Cancer & Hematology services, and with severe psychiatric illnesses in a busy Emergency Room.
I have also pursued further training or certification in the following:
– Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
– Treating Bipolar Disorder with Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy
– Treating Childhood Emotional Neglect
– CBITS (Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Trauma in Schools).
I appreciate the opportunity to walk alongside you as you make your way through life’s journey. Please feel free to contact me if you have anything you would like to ask about, or if you’re interested in scheduling a consultation.
For a little audio summary of how I practice and why, feel free to follow the following link to a brief radio interview: