I am a licensed professional counselor and former college English teacher. I’ve worked with adults and with kids ages 4 to 18 and their families in school, client home, and office settings. I draw on my visual arts training and MFA in Creative Writing to facilitate the use of narrative, expressive writing, and art in the healing work I do with people. I’ve used creative and experiential approaches to therapy since receiving her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University.
I have experience leading mindfulness groups, facilitating emotion-focused family therapy, and combining shamanic with psychotherapeutic approaches to personal change. I like storytelling, ritual, time in nature, guided meditation, journal writing, and verbal processing as ways to help clients discover and love their true selves. I use all of these in therapy sessions with both adults and youth. In my clinical work, I address these general areas: trauma, self-harm, depression, anxiety, conflict/communication and attachment issues within the family, low self-esteem, and grief. I believe in the power of stories, connection to others, and direct experience to help us heal our unresolved wounds. Having grown up in Appalachia, I adore the woods, hound dogs, horses, and hiking with my family.