About me ( the personal stuff )
Why I love being a counselor
Understanding individuals has always been something I'm passionate about. It's an exciting thing to get to know who people are and how they operate both on a personal and a clinical level. I am lucky enough to have had counselors that empowered me and showed me paths towards healing and it's a privilege to do the same for others. This job keeps me on my toes while also sitting in a chair and partnering up with interesting people like you.
I have been married for 7 years to my best friend John. He is the kindest man I've ever met and keeps me laughing 24/7. We have two dogs named Moose and Tala who are my world. I throw them birthday parties and buy them expensive things that they never use. Just your average millennial dog mom.
I fell in love with candle making and photography about 4 years ago. I'm a firm believer in having hobbies - they are incredibly enjoyable distractions that can also provide a sense of accomplishment and meaning. I also enjoy weight lifting and hiking with my husband.
About me ( the professional stuff )
Areas of focus and expertise
My main clinical focuses include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and damage from authoritarian environments/cults. I also treat a wide array of trauma, anxiety and depressive diagnoses.
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with 23+ hours of continuing education in ADHD.
I have continuing education credits in motivational interviewing, professional ethics and boundaries, addictive technology, disordered eating and body image issues, and biblical counseling.
I went to The Ohio State University for my undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. This degree gave me a vast understanding of family systems, how humans develop and grow, as well as training in abnormal psychology.
My master's degree is from Ashland Theological Seminary in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My classes consisted of cultural competency training, ethics, counseling theory and techniques, clinical diagnosis, and more.
My Evidence Based Approaches
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of treatment that has shown to be effective for a wide array of mental health struggles such as anxiety, depression, and addiction. CBT targets unhelpful ways of thinking and dysfunctional behavioral patterns while replacing them with healthier alternatives.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
ACT or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a mindful approach to mental health struggles that aims to re-direct people towards living in the present moment. ACT helps individuals to accept their current experiences and commit to a value driven lifestyle.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
DBT or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy aims to equip clients with mindfulness skills, the ability to tolerate distressing emotions, relate with others effectively, and regulate emotions.