I know what it's like to sit in the other chair...
I have been there, exploring ways to process and cope in order to find clarity. After working in Human Resources and Recruiting for about seven years, and dealing with feelings of grief in my own life, I was ready for change. I did not want to feel like a passenger, distant from my life. Through therapy, I was able to move forward effectively, process grief, and feel engaged in the present. I knew I wanted to help individuals in a meaningful and personal way, so I went back to school for a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My work as a counselor involves supporting people experiencing self-doubt, processing past trauma, and working to find clarity in their lives. I know how hard it can be to balance future goals while staying present in the day-to-day. I have dealt with anxiety, burnout, career changes, and grief with life transitions. It can be difficult to slow down, and make time to focus on yourself. So let this be an invitation to take the time to prioritize your own needs.
I am working to educate myself on anti-racist principles, support the LGBTQIA+ community, and acknowledge systemic challenges within the therapeutic process.
I work to balance person-centered techniques, sitting with the client in the moment, and solution-focused methods. I help clients in their healing journey by connecting with their emotions, processing past trauma, and identifying ways to make changes in their lives. I often draw things out for clients on a small whiteboard and, occasionally, I will send short email recaps or helpful links. I will balance that with in-session meditations and reflections, tailoring my approach to each person. I like to think I help people who like to make sense of things, not only make sense of their emotions but connect with them.
I have worked with many high-achievers, perfectionists, or Type A individuals (if you want to give it a label) who are in high school, college, and the professional setting. My focus is to help individuals manage stress and better understand how past trauma impacts their career and personal goals.
When I'm not counseling or career coaching, I'm often outside hiking or running with my partner and pup. Nature allows me to be present and I find it incredibly therapeutic. As an entrepreneur with two businesses, often working on slowing down in my own life, losing cell phone service in the mountains doesn't hurt!
Experience & Qualifications
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Associate (A16084) in North Carolina
Completed the DBT Foundational Training through Behavioral Tech - Over 80 hours - Completed Aug 2021
EMDR Training through the Personal Transformation Institute - Over 50 hours - Completed Dec 2022
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University
Experience working in private practice, college counseling, college career counseling, and owning a separate career coaching business for over three years
Over six years of Human Resources experience working for a range of organizations from start ups to Fortune 200
You can find my full career background on LinkedIn