I am happy that you are seeking help, and trust that you will find some answers with me. I believe that I have the tools and the integrity to really help you with your problems.
When I work with you, I will give you the opportunity to tell your story in the way you need to tell it. As we walk together through your story, we will examine the details that come together to uncover new facets that may not have been obvious when you thought about them on your own.
Together, we focus deeply so that every important aspect has light shone on it. We will consider what it means to have lived your story and explore new ways of being in the next chapter.
I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio State University. During this time, I worked as a mental health technician at a residential facility for children and adolescents with behavioral issues. I received my master’s in counseling from Vanderbilt University. I worked at Rogers Behavioral Health as a therapist to those struggling with addiction, depression, and anxiety. I also worked as a therapist in both a community clinic and a non-profit in Tennessee. In these settings, I worked with people young and old, from many backgrounds, on all sorts of issues. Some of the problems I helped with included relationship and family conflict, work dissatisfaction, disability, loss of loved ones, and traumatic experiences.
As an individual, you have your own set of wants, needs, likes, and dislikes. You influence and are influenced by everything you come into contact with, which makes you an integral part of a larger whole. No one lives in a vacuum.
That is why it is so important for each of us to understand how we fit in and to have a sense of purpose in our lives. It is necessary to feel understood, valued, and connected to the people and things around you. We each want to be seen as a whole person, not in terms of right vs. wrong or normal vs. abnormal, but as a unique individual within the context of our communities.
In general, people tend to like things that are easy to understand and categorize. Inevitably, we try to categorize ourselves and each other as well. But when we don’t fit into those boxes, we feel wrong, out of place.
Despite this, there is no one way to be a person. For me, therapy is about building connections, understanding that your uniqueness does not make you wrong but instead gives you an invaluable opportunity to add to the world and the lives of others around you.
I have experience with people of all ages, though I work primarily with adults and adolescents. Much of what we cover in therapy will require vulnerability and the ability to tolerate some emotional discomfort.
I like to collaborate with my clients rather than to direct or tell them what to do. That’s why it’s important for clients to be vocal about their needs and to be open and honest with their thoughts and feelings.
While I work with clients on a variety of issues, I most like to work with clients around topics of loss. Loss can seem trivial or devastating, physical or emotional, but any loss has the potential to be impactful.