My intention as a therapist is to listen to you in a manner that ultimately helps you hear and know yourself more deeply, honestly, and fully. Whether you’ve been in therapy before, you already come to the therapy experience with a great deal of wisdom and life experience and in my practice, I strive to provide a safe holding environment where direct, transparent, and down-to-earth communication can develop and grow. I will remain supportive, present, and engaged throughout your unique process of self-inquiry and healing.
I have experience working with adolescents and adults dealing with anxiety and depression. In addition, I have an extensive background supporting mothers and family members struggling with postpartum depression and anxiety. My clinical orientation includes somatic and strength-based approaches, emotional regulation skills, and Expressive Arts therapies.
As a life-long performer, musician and songwriter, I understand how important it is to feel heard and be expressed in the world. For some people, self-expression can be cathartic and healing and for some it can be terrifying. Whether you are a teen in crisis, consider yourself an artist, someone yearning to create a new life or professional path or simply need help remembering who you are, I am here to guide you in a creative process of self-discovery. Perhaps you are a new mother or father and are struggling to adjust to life with a new baby. I understand what it is to begin to learn to live your life all over again through what can be a terrifying transition in life. Regardless of whether you consider yourself a “creative” type or not, I am inspired to help others find the courage and strength to heal from within.
I’ve always been fascinated by how differently we each cope with similar stressors, losses, and life challenges and have cultivated a sense of curiosity about how our temperament, culture, socio-economic background, gender, and family of origin affect our unique experience in the world. This fascination led me to pursue a Master’s Degree in Counseling at North Carolina Central University (a historically black college). During this time, I counseled UNC Chapel Hill undergraduate students facing life transitions as well as women facing various life transitions such as divorce, career change, parenting struggles and relationship issues, at the Women’s Center of Chapel Hill. After becoming a mother, I struggled with and faced postpartum depression and anxiety which inspired my becoming involved with Postpartum Support International, an organization dedicated specifically to assisting new families struggling with understanding these challenges.
I understand that the therapy process can be challenging and difficult at times but I also hold a space that welcomes the joy alongside the struggle and pain, laughter with tears and the excitement that sits right next to fear and anxiety. I continue to be amazed and inspired by the resiliency of the human spirit and the courage it takes to want to change behaviors that do not serve any longer.
I’m looking forward to meeting you and being a part of your journey.
Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #4116
Supervised by Colette Bischer-Choate MFC #39065