I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I started my mental health career after graduating from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In 2010 I moved to Pennsylvania and obtained a position as a Child Development Specialist before attending University of Pittsburgh’s graduate program for Social Work in 2011.
Upon graduation, I worked in Adoption and Foster care with a range of children, families, and services. Through that experience, I gained a deeper understanding of children’s perspectives, experiences and the power of healing through sharing stories. Recently, I worked in a Private School that was designed to meet the mental and behavioral health needs of elementary-middle school aged children. In that setting, I worked with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD). Throughout my career, I have primarily worked as a therapist for children, adolescents, young adults and families in an outpatient setting. My experience includes all diagnoses listed above along with childhood trauma, family dynamic changes including divorce, adoption and foster system placement, childhood depression, transitional issues, separation anxiety, self-esteem issues, and social skill deficits. My career has also allowed me to treat adults facing challenges associated with loss, infertility, anxiety, depression, and attachment issues. I have met with individuals facing professional burnout, career changes, and family adjustments.
My main treatment modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), motivational interviewing as well as Mindfulness and Relaxation techniques. In treatment, I have incorporated trauma narratives as well as traditional talk therapy techniques. It has been my experience that the relationship between the client and therapist is the catalyst for achieving the desired goals. It is my goal to create a safe, comfortable space to allow individuals to grow and explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In my spare time, I enjoy trying new restaurants, mediating, journaling, and camping in the warmer months.