“We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.”
– Thich Nhat Hahn
I am passionate about assisting young adults and adults with achieving their goals through creative interventions and mindfulness-based practice. I am also dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming environment for each individual served and believe humor can be as helpful to the therapeutic process as empathy and understanding. My approach to therapy is holistic, integrative, and intentional with a strong foundation in CBT, humanistic, and person-centered theories applied to most effectively meet individual needs.
I hold a Master of Science degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Eastern Virginia Medical School and am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC), and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC). My graduate research project focused on the use of art therapy to assist law enforcement officers with stress management and I am passionate about supporting military members, LEO’s, and other first responders with trauma and stress-related needs. I completed my master’s level clinical training in a variety of settings including an inpatient mental health acute hospitalization program, a partial hospitalization program for substance use, a domestic violence shelter working with children and families, and in-school based programs.
Upon graduation, I provided intensive community-based services to children, teens, and adults and intensive crisis stabilization services to individuals experiencing and following mental health crisis. Prior to joining Artisan, I worked with children and teens in acute hospitalization for stabilization and in residential treatment programs focused primarily on treating significant behavior and mood, trauma, and co-occurring substance use disorder needs.
When not in my professional role, I enjoy spending time with two dogs, creating personal artwork, bonfires, hiking, and gardening.