“Therapy shouldn’t just focus on diagnosing and treating disorder, maladjustment, suffering, etc. […] Therapy should recognize, use and build a patient’s existing strengths and resources rather than view the client as flawed or disordered.” – Hefferson & Boniwell
I love working with children 3+, teens, adults, families, and couples. I have experience working with clients who have endured trauma, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and major life transitions. I have worked with clients from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, clients with varying socioeconomic statuses, and individuals in the foster care system. I also have experience working with neurodivergent individuals varying in intellectual and developmental abilities, including autism spectrum disorder. I find that my heart continues to gravitate toward working with this exceptional population.
I am also incredibly passionate about working with parents and caregivers. Together, we will discover the ways your child learns best, how to navigate behavior, and what we can do to make your life and your child’s life easier.
When working with children and young teens I use Child-Centered Play Therapy. Child-Centered Play Therapy uses the child’s natural language of play to encourage confidence, regulate emotion, build skills, and foster a therapeutic relationship. When working with teens and adults I practice from a person-centered foundation, tailoring each treatment plan to fit the needs of each client. In addition to my person-centered approach, I enjoy using different modalities such as Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Gestalt Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
In 2020, I graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre as well as a minor in Religion. In 2022, I earned a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University. My background in theatre helps me connect with children in an engaging and fun way, while my minor in religion taught me that diverse backgrounds and our connections with each other and a higher power can help nurture healing and growth in each of us.
My education and experience in the field of Clinical Mental Health have fostered my understanding of the latest research in the field of psychology, how our brains work, and how we can continue our work toward healing. In addition to the most recent research, I believe that the authentic and therapeutic relationship between client and counselor is the highest predictor of one's outcome.
Email me today and we can begin this journey together.