Do you find yourself weighed down by negative thoughts, memories, or flashbacks? Maybe you find that feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or numbness prevent you from living the life you want to be. Is your child having struggles with identifying or expressing emotions, is weighed down by anxious thoughts at school or at home, or expresses concerning behaviors that you want better help understanding and addressing their underlying needs? If you (or your child) are finding it difficult to continue functioning in your daily life because of these or other mental health struggles, come talk to me. Together we will work to identify the root causes of your struggles, explore patterns of behavior to identify possible triggers, build coping mechanisms that meet your underlying needs, and develop a plan to grow the foundation for meaningful, helpful, and supportive relationships in your life.
Imagine your life as a flight. You are the pilot of the plane and my therapeutic approach helps you identify your strengths, roles, and needs as the pilot, understand who your co-pilots might be and how they can be useful, explore the potential passengers on your plane, and learn how to navigate through obstacles along your way. My hope for you is that you learn how to take control of your flight by becoming empowered to use your innate strengths, personal values, life experiences, and aspirations to lead the way toward stability and growth. When you enter my office, you will be met with compassion and understanding, gentleness and comfort, a little humor, if that’s your thing, and a homey, comfortable space for you to unpack what’s on your mind or the past struggles that have brought you here.
Many clients have found success in my office, no matter where it has been, throughout the last seven years. Your experience in my office is supported by my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The College of William and Mary and my Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of William and Mary School of Education. My combined education includes psychology, sociology, anthropology, and human growth & development mixed with counseling technique education, theoretical orientation education, family and couples counseling education, and direct practicum and internship experiences. My educational growth did not end at the culmination of my two degrees. On my path to licensure, and what continues today is a mindset of lifelong learning as evidenced by attending continuing education classes that help me stay up to date with the latest information and research within the counseling profession as well as build on my knowledge and specialties in working with Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression in both Children and Adults.