I am an introverted, creative, deep thinking, open minded, sensitive human. I like to spend my time relaxed in solitude or with my family. I'm most at ease outdoors, I crave creating and art making, I'm always learning, and I connect within through yoga or meditation.
I am married to my high school sweetheart, have a full-of-life son, an ornery cat, and rowdy puppy. I come from a large family, so there are always reasons to gather.
I've been a social worker since 2010, working in a variety of settings. I didn't quite realize "therapist" was my path until half-way through grad school. I suppose this was the perfect path given my sensitive nature which helps me attune with others, have deep compassion, a strong stance for social justice and others' wellbeing, and a desire to "go deep."
I've had the lucky benefit of learning more about myself through this work and through my clients. I did not know there was a trait called the Highly Sensitive Person and I didn't realize that was me until into my adulthood. I certainly didn't realize I would also later be diagnosed as Autistic and ADHD (AuDHD). What I thought were problems or flaws, turned out to be my nature and the way my brain was wired since day one. I've had to learn (and still am) how to accept these differences and adjust my life to work with them, not against them. I want to help you do the same.
I truly love connecting with people on a deep level, helping them to see they are worthy and that there is nothing "wrong" with them.
My approach is casual and gentle, using directness to guide and point out helpful insights. I primarily use IFS therapy to help my clients build a relationship between their Self and all the parts (aspects of themself) within. Mindfulness, imagery, and focusing on emotional experiences are tools I use to help us learn about their inner world. My goal is to help them feel more at peace, become more true to their self, and heal the pain and wounds they are holding. I do not rush this process and am adamant about helping them stay regulated and in charge throughout the process. I am considered a "talk therapist," but we work on deepening connection to the body, mind, and soul with hands-on exercises.
I am neurodivergent and LGBTQIA+ affirming. This is a warm, welcoming, non-judging, and accepting place.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)- Level 1 Trained
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, #7573
Master of Social Work (MTSU)
Bachelor of Social Work (MTSU)
Over a decade of experience as a social worker and therapist before entering private practice. I worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, the justice system, addiction treatment, and domestic and sexual violence.