My Professional Philosophy:
I believe that each of us is on a journey toward a rich and meaningful life. There are times on these journeys where suffering and pain causes bumps, side trips, and unknown paths, and that all of us have capabilities to tap into our own strengths to start the healing process. I know that trauma can impact this process, and I join along with my clients to experience and help along the way. For me, the relationship is vital to our work together. I believe in compassion for others, for oneself, mindfulness, acceptance, and humility as guides. I also know that each individual is unique in their own way, and so I work with each person’s strengths, families, protective factors, and goals individually.
Although I have been in Social Work officially since 2017, I have been interested in and have worked with children and young adults since college. I spent over twenty years working in secondary and higher education with students who lived in residence halls, where I worked with a variety of student situations such as grief, sexual assault, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental health concerns.
I believe in an eclectic approach to therapy, bringing together the tools, techniques, and strengths that are most helpful in each situation. With children, I combine mindfulness with play therapy, art, movement, and music to help with emotional regulation. I also work as a clinician with Mobile Crisis Response, so work with immediate crises and suicidal ideation. In my previous career, I worked extensively with sexual assault survivors, and LGBTQ+ populations, and use those skills with teen and adult clients.
Aetna, Magellan, McLaren Medicaid, Meridian Health Plan, Priority Health Commercial/Priority Health Medicaid, United Healthcare Commercial/UHC Medicaid