As someone who has spent nearly fifteen years in the mental health field, I offer a great deal of experience in a number of areas in emotional/behavioral health. The most important thing that I’ve learned throughout my experience is simple and could never be taught in a classroom or workshop, and that is that we are all people, all doing the best we can, and we are all deserving of compassion and even help when we need it.
Following attainment of a B.S. in Psychology in 2001, I earned my M.A. in Counseling from West Virginia University in 2004. I returned later to obtain certification in School Counseling.
I have extensive experience in working with children and adolescents, though I also see adults. I specialize in the treatment of trauma-related issues and concerns (including PTSD), parent-child conflict, and mood and anxiety disorders in children. I am skilled at working with parents and families who are experiencing issues at home, focusing on each individual’s strengths and needs while they rebuild the family unit.
I have facilitated various parenting groups and assisted a number of families who have been involved with Child Protective Services (CPS) and whose children have been involved with Youth Services and/or the juvenile justice system.
Though eclectic in my approach, my favored therapeutic modalities are Person-Centered (Humanistic) Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (including Trauma-Focused CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Play Therapy techniques. I am nearing the end of the certification process for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and I am currently working toward attaining certification as a Registered Play Therapy (RPT). All interventions are trauma-informed.