A life that is trauma, or drama-free is often based in fairy tales. Real people have real problems and a happily ever after is not achieved without examining the details of our story. Let’s face it - until we understand our 'who’ and 'what' we’ll never truly understand our 'why' and 'how'. But once we open up to the process, we can then begin creating a new and more meaningful narrative to promote growth in the direction of our happily ever after.
Sharing the most intimate details of your life is scary, and a therapist that you cannot relate to, or that cannot understand your cultural background adds to the fear. I endeavor to hold a safe and supportive space for the gentle exploration of your story while we walk through discomfort toward healing, forgiveness and acceptance.
I specialize in treating individuals and couples experiencing: trauma, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, microaggressions, marital/partnership issues, communication and trust related concerns, work and entrepreneurial related stress and life transitions.
I hold a Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Central Michigan University and am in the process of completing my Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counseling credential. I am an eclectic, trauma informed clinician with extensive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - a modality that teaches mindfulness skills to help individuals live and behave in ways consistent with personal values while developing psychological flexibility. I am also a PREPARE-ENRICH facilitator - an evidence based practice for couples counseling.
I believe a strong therapeutic base is important in therapy and that begins with relationship - empathy, compassion, and real-life experience are the bridges to trust and alliance. I have helped my clients in some of their most difficult life journeys and would be honored to be chosen as a partner for yours.