After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Community Services at University of Delaware in 2000, I chose to pursue graduate studies at a school with a smaller, more intimate program. I saw that it was possible to help people process and break free from both the deep rooted issues and the short term solution focused issues that hinder them, and I wanted to learn more about how to help them, to gain more tools. I completed a Masters of Science from Clarks Summit University (formerly Baptist Bible College & Seminary) near Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 2005.
Alongside my studies there, I gained practical experience working with individuals and families both through a community counseling center and through an internship in biblical counseling training. I obtained my professional license in 2007 (LPC, NC/#6802), after supervised work with a gestalt therapist and over two years of supervised work with a nonprofit domestic violence organization in Delaware.
Upon licensure, I moved to North Carolina to join a group practice in Fayetteville. There I worked mainly with individual adults and adolescents, primarily in the areas of trauma, depression, anxiety, and transition. I also did some family work involving divorce and issues related to the military lifestyle.
Since then, I have worked in a variety of settings and with a various populations throughout the mental health/counseling field, including work with an employee assistance program and utilization review for a mental health state insurance plan. My most recent experience came through Wake Med hospitals as a behavioral health counselor. This involved assisting with risk assessments in the emergency department, as well as some crisis intervention and education/referrals to resources for mental health treatment in the area.
Ultimately, I decided to return to private practice in 2015, desiring to connect with others again on a heart level, and to help them to experience freedom and new perspectives on old patterns that they face in their lives.