Education and Training
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech University. As an MFT, I have specialized training in treating children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I have worked in diverse range of settings from community mental health agencies, partial hospitalization and substance abuse treatment programs, treatment foster care, and private practice.
Counseling Specialties and Approach
I have a passion for working with young children and offer play therapy and family play therapy, which was the focus of my graduate research. I draw from a variety of expressive techniques that allow children to process their emotions and experiences in their own language of play. Additionally, I have a great deal of experience learning from and working with adolescents. I use a blend of spontaneity, humor, respect, and creative interventions to facilitate connection and change.
My experiences as a mother and wife have informed and strengthened my sense of compassion for the difficult but rewarding task of parenting and partnership. I apply my knowledge of family systems theory and emotionally focused couples therapy to help families and couples experience greater closeness and a renewed sense of hope.
My style of therapy is warm, accepting, and client-centered. I am guided by the belief that all people have within them great capacity for healing. My focus is to create a supportive, safe, and nonjudgmental space for clients to gain greater clarity, connectedness, self-compassion, wholeness, and healing.
This work is a tremendous privilege and one that I approach with openhearted curiosity and a deep sense of respect. I look forward to discussing how I can be helpful to you.
“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light” - Brene Brown