“If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred.” – Walt Whitman
McDaniel College/August 2020 – Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Currently accepting new clients for a waitlist.
What’s therapy with me like? I specialize in grief/bereavement, complex trauma/PTSD, and dissociative disorders/symptoms utilizing person-centered therapy.
I do not identify as an eclectic practitioner; of course I can pull from other modalities to best suit a client’s needs (or I will refer out if looking for a specific modality). I took advanced coursework in graduate school related to person-centered therapy/Rogerian therapy and I found that being authentic, open and honest, using appropriate self-disclosure, and providing affirming, nonjudgmental therapeutic spaces and unconditional positive regard really suits my strengths as a clinician and aids me in establishing and building rapport and trust with clients early on. I’d say person-centered is my primary modality.
In addition to previously outlined specialties, I also love general clinical mental health work and referrals!
How I’ve kept learning… I’ve continued pursuing CEUs, practicing during an ongoing global pandemic, and undergoing significant life changes while early in my career.
Who do I work with? I work with clients age 14+ for individual therapy or families; I also have extensive group therapy experience.
My impacting identities are… I have ADHD (currently well controlled) and am currently going through a highly traumatic personal experience involving domestic violence.
I feel allied/aware/informed/knowledgeable about… I have extensive personal and professional experience working with individuals across the LGBTQI+ spectrum (part of), veterans and individuals w/ complex trauma (informed), as well as adolescents/young adults. Additionally, I worked with quite a large number of male clients and really found I enjoyed working with this population and I have previous experience working with incarcerated individuals. I’m also comfortable working with members of the BDSM (informed) and polyam/CNM (part of) communities. .
I am the best fit for a client who… is looking to build a relationship with their clinician anchored in authenticity, empathy, honesty, and trust-building. I strive to provide a safe, affirming therapeutic space to focus on the unique needs of each individual person.
I am not a good fit for a client who… is looking for a quick fix, non-verbal therapy, or CBT/DBT-type therapeutic approaches.
What makes me unique? I have a diverse range of clinical experiences and truly enjoy finding a way to connect with clients, even despite extremely trying or difficult circumstances at times. I highly value the therapeutic relationship and strive to meet my clients where they are and help them make progress- big or small- toward their unique goals and needs. I also highly value creativity in the therapeutic space and enjoy finding creative, interesting, and unique techniques attuned to individual clients to help make therapy fun and interesting along the way!
The Practical Stuff
What insurances do I accept? I am in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna/EverNorth. Please see our Rates and Insurance page for more information.
Do I offer telehealth or in person sessions? I am currently only doing telehealth sessions.
Am I taking on new clients? I am currently focusing on administrative work but am planning to start taking on new clients by the end of fall. I am taking clients for a start list at that time.
The Fun Stuff
Did you know…I relax outside in nature and adore photographing plants and gardening, and on an average day you can find me curled up in the sun reading poems.
Any pets? I have a chihuahua named Charles!