I have a strong belief that we are dynamic creatures, ebbing and flowing with what life sends our way. We can take pleasure in the rhythm and joys of life, while also encountering hardships that seem to prevent us from moving forward. I hope to offer support through these blissful and trying times.
I am currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at Michigan State University with a focus on evidence-based trauma treatment. I received my BA in psychology and gender studies from Kalamazoo College. As an undergraduate, I was involved in the 2SLGBTQIA+ student organization on campus and spent six months studying abroad in Nairobi, Kenya. After graduating, I spent over a decade in education teaching a variety of subjects to people of all ages and backgrounds, including English as a second language in China and environmental education in New England.
As I transition into social work, my passions lie in helping others recover from PTSD. I am currently being trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), which can help us change our relationship with our thoughts and navigate difficult emotions. My trauma-informed approach is always person-centered and tailored to individual needs – let me meet you where you are at! I am particularly dedicated to serving the queer community, not only through empathy and affirmation, but navigating day-to-day experiences and accessing community resources. I also hope to support anyone affected by depression, anxiety, substance use, interpersonal conflict and violence, and hoarding disorder.
To rest and recharge I love being outdoors and enjoy watching documentaries, listening to National Public Radio, and getting lost in podcasts.
May you be happy, healthy, safe, and live with ease!