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A little bit about me...

I started my professional career as a special education teacher and when I realized I was spending more of my day counseling students than on academics, an Aha! moment hit me, I was in the wrong field.  Back to school for an MSW and a Gender Violence Intervention Certification from Virginia Commonwealth University.  I have since completed the Sexual Health Certificate Program from the University of Michigan and became a Certified Sex Therapist in 2019.  Since 2010, I have been working as a trauma therapist and in 2015, I became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  

I am queer, neurodivergent and a trauma survivor. I use these identities to approach therapy from a trauma informed, LGBTQIA+ affirming, and person-centered framework.​

Beyond the clinical info, I enjoy being out in nature whenever I can whether hiking in the woods or getting out near water.  I enjoy time with my cats and dog, spending time with my family.

Pronouns: she/hers/none

About your therapist: About Me
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My Credentials

Education and Relevant Previous Experience

Clinical Supervisor/Outpatient Therapist

April 2015 - May 2019

  • Individual therapy in an outpatient setting to a broad range of ages and concerns

  • Ran weekly supervisor groups to support the learning and development of a team of therapists

  • Provided Clinical supervisor for license seeking therapists

  • Created and provided agency wide training on LGBTQ+ competency

Children and Adolescents Trauma Therapist

October 2011 - April 2015

  • Individual therapy for children who had experienced domestic violence or sexual assault.

  • Provided support groups for affected, non-offending parents on best supporting their children.

  • Created and provided community trainings on sexual abuse, child abuse, human sex trafficking, healthy relationships, developing school and agency responses, and active bystander training.

Certified Sex Therapist

Completed July 2019

Training acquired at University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program 
Completed 300 Clinical Supervised hours

Master of Social Work

Completed May 2011

Attended Virginia Commonwealth University - earned MSW and a Graduate Certification in Gender Violence Intervention

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

completed 2002

attended University of Illinois

About your therapist: Credentials
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