I come from a strength based approach, believing each individual, no matter what the circumstance and current struggles, has unique gifts and purpose in this world. I also believe that deep level change comes from forming healthy and authentic relationships. Therefore, I start the therapy process by coming alongside my clients and working to build trust with compassionate listening without judgement, in order to find out what goals are important for each particular client and collaboratively developing a plan to reach those goals.
While I can work with a variety of ages including children through adulthood, I specialize in working with ages 11-21. I love to be active in sessions using many different experiential approaches to assist in the process of emotion exploration, development of healthier coping skills, and sustained engagement in therapy.
I am passionate about being an advocate and sounding board for adolescents and their families. I work alongside teens individually to help them develop the skills they need to manage their current stressors in healthy ways and work towards developing a strong and healthy sense of self and moral compass that will guide them in making positive decisions for the rest of their life. In the same way, I love working with the entire family in order to help support the individual growth of the kids and teens. Family work can include developing positive parenting skills, increasing communication skills, and regaining trust between all members of the family.
I believe self-care is extremely important for everyone in order to live whole and healthy lives. I personally feel rejuvenated when I engage in activities in nature. I also am passionate about pushing myself to reach new limits. I do this through competitive endurance racing as well as engaging in any outdoor sport I can realistically attempt. In the winter you will find me snow skiing; during the spring and summer months I race triathlons and running races, water ski, and kayak; and in the fall I love to explore the colorful foliage through hiking, mountain biking, and white water rafting. There is a sense of deep connection with self and the universe for me when I explore the wondrous beauty outside. I also enjoy spending as much time as possible with the people I hold most dear to my heart, who also both encourage and push me- my wonderful family and friends.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” –Albert Einstein
My personal mission in life is to help as many people that I can by spreading love and joy to others. I attempt to do this every day through taking the time to smile, show empathy, and care for everyone I come into contact with. Another way I consciously strive to make a difference in the world is through international mission trips. I have been blessed beyond words through learning from and working alongside so many amazing cultures and individuals. One of the most powerful life experiences I have had thus far, was helping to establish a partnership with the therapeutic boarding school for adolescent girls I previously worked at located in West Virginia with an international mission organization in Nicaragua. I was able to lead multiple mission trips with my adolescent clients to Nicaragua. It was extremely powerful to see how much change and sense of purpose and identity that was built in each client engaged in the trip through the powerful experience of giving and helping those in need.