MA, LCMHC-S, NCC, RPT-S
I received my Master of Arts degree in school counseling from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in social work from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, as well as an ages six through nine Montessori teaching certificate from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education in Princeton, NJ. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (LCMHC-S), and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S), with experience in Child-Parent Relationship Training (CPRT) and I, hold a professional educator license for school counselors. I am intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and specially trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Children (DBTC). I have experience using DBT with children, adolescents, and their parents. I am excited to be presently working toward becoming intensively trained in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT).
My experience includes teaching in Montessori elementary education for fifteen years which I later transitioned into working as a school counselor. As a previous school counselor and current Clinical Mental Health Counselor, I bring experience working with children ages two through eighteen using play therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and person-centered counseling. My engaging and positive style creates an environment where children can build trust to explore their struggles and find solutions to improve their own health and happiness.
As a teacher and school counselor, I have collaborated extensively with schools and families to meet each child’s needs. I have worked as a parent advocate at 504 and IEP meetings. I enjoy working with children with different learning abilities and styles and I am passionate about working with all children to help them display their own inner strengths and abilities. I have experience working with ADHD, processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and other learning disabilities. I recognize the importance of collaboration, making sure parents remain informed and part of their child's cohesive treatment plan.
When not working, I can be found walking, doing yoga, kayaking, reading, and hanging out with my dog and family.