My journey to becoming a social worker started in an art room. I attended NCSU's College of Design, which led to teaching high school art for several years. Teaching allowed me to find my calling as a therapist. I graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social work in 2008, and have since pursued certifications in Addictions, Somatic Experiencing©, Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, the work of Dr. Brené Brown, and most recently, yoga as a healing modality.
I specialize in working with adolescents, adults, and families. Some areas of special interest and training include, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, self-worth, perfectionism, traumatic and toxic stress, relationship struggles, making friends, attachment styles, shame resilience, parent-child relationships, and compulsive behavior/addictions.
My overall belief is that one of the most important parts of the therapeutic process is the relationship between the client and the therapist. In providing a safe and non-judgmental environment, I encourage your own personal empowerment and growth through a relationship built on trust, respect, and compassion.
I also continue to do my own work in therapy on a regular basis, and regularly seek professional consultation from peers and mentors.
Training, Education, and Experience
Bachelors in Art and Design from North Carolina State University's College of Design
Masters of Social Work (MSW) from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Social Work
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS)
Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)
Certified Daring Way™Facilitator (CDFW)-Trained in 2013 by Dr. Brené Brown
Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)
In practice as a clinical social worker since 2006
Former High School Art Teacher
Trained in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through Duke Integrative Medicine
In-training as a Somatic Experiencing© Practitioner (SEP) for trauma healing and resilience
Training in: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Process Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy
Experience in working with members of the LGBTQ+ communities