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.
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
attended University of Illinois