“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
- John 10:10-11
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.”
- Isaiah 43:2
These verses are words of hope, belonging, security, and comfort. They remind us of who Jesus is and who we are– I find the realities of Jesus’ work on our behalf to be deeply encouraging and life-giving. My faith is integral to who I am as a person and as a therapist, and I enjoy integrating faith and spirituality into therapy, believing it is important to tend to our mental, emotional, and spiritual well being as three pillars of one stool. Thus, for those looking for faith-based counseling, we will dialogue about how they would like to integrate faith into the process of pursuing healing as it is always my goal to meet my clients where they are, incorporating faith, scripture, and prayer as is helpful.
Ultimately, my hope is for the therapeutic space we create to be a place of security and grace where there is opportunity for healing, growth, change, and restoration to occur. It is my deep honor to come alongside my clients and build relationships based on mutual respect and trust as they process current and past experiences of anxiety, depression, relational wounds, and traumas. I also am passionate about working with people in relationships (couples and parent-child relationships), perinatal mental health, exploring the impacts of hormones on life, and church hurt. My approach is collaborative, compassionate, and warm.
My work as a therapist started in 2019 and has included adults, couples, children and families. At this point, my work primarily focuses on adolescents, young adults, couples (including premarital!) and parent-child relationships. After my internship working in an outpatient clinic where I enjoyed working with a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and stages, I practiced at a clinic closer to what got me into the field: children with trauma. I worked at a clinic called the Family Attachment and Counseling Center where I had the opportunity to work closely with children, families, and adults with backgrounds in foster care, adoption, and many different forms of complex trauma. This experience grew my passion for Attachment theory, trauma work, Narrative therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. I value integrating these approaches into the adults with whom I work. While working at this clinic, I was also offered the opportunity to work at my church’s counseling ministry offering Biblical Counseling, which is a focused way of integrating Christ and our identity in Him into all parts of life. This work was primarily with adults and many, many couples going through premarital counseling. During this time, I took a brief break from my work as a clinical therapist to continue working as a Biblical Counselor part-time and to spend a couple of years raising my daughter as I stayed at home. All of these experiences have shaped my areas of focus now.
I graduated in 2020 from Saint Mary’s University with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a certified Prepare/Enrich premarital counselor. I am working under the supervision of a licensed and Board Approved Supervisor of Marriage and Family Therapy, seeking independent licensure.