Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) who joined GBCC in January 2015 after moving from Colorado to Maryland with my family. I studied psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, College Park, earning a Bachelors degree in 2002. After a personal spiritual and psychological journey, I was inspired to become a therapist and attended Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where I received my masters degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology in 2009. I also have additional training in working with trauma. Before moving to Maryland, I worked with families and their teens who struggled with addictions and mental health challenges.
My training is founded on the field of body psychotherapy. Mental health issues almost always manifest in the body as well. For example, one can experiences shakiness from anxiety or heaviness from depression. Often people try overcome their emotional experience by “pushing” away their emotional and/or physical experience, but this actually can exacerbate the symptoms. I support clients in learning how to welcome and actually transform these overwhelming bodily and emotional experiences. As clients learn how to self-regulate their bodily experience, they often experience a correlating calming of the mind. In addition to body psychotherapy techniques, I utilize mindfulness, spirituality, humanistic psychology, and cognitive therapeutic approaches. I tailor my sessions to meet your needs and focus on making you feel safe so that you can explore the emotionally vulnerable aspects of your life.
Being a psychotherapist is not simply a job for me; its a core passion of mine and I am constantly participating in advanced trainings to hone my skills. In that regard, I am excited to share that I am currently pursuing a certification in Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy.
I work with adults and teens, couples, and families. I am particularly drawn to supporting people around issues of conflict, addictions, abuse and trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, discovering one’s purpose, and spirituality.