I see myself as a fellow traveler on this journey of life. One who has experienced joy, pain, grief, loss, made mistakes, changed paths, endured, achieved, and created a meaningful life. Although our time together is about YOU, I take pride in being transparent and being known to you as a real person.
My educational experience includes 11 years of studying psychology and human behavior. I earned a B.A. from Kent State University, M.A. from Florida Atlantic University, and a Ph.D. from Auburn University all in Psychology. My doctoral dissertation centered around Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, which continues to be a passion of mine.
I have helped adolescents, teens, young adults, and adults overcome a variety of presenting concerns across three very different treatment settings (University Counseling Centers, Community Mental Health, and Private Practice). Each experience has broadened my understanding of human behavior and allowed me to assist more diverse clients with different perspectives, world views, cultures, and difficulties.
I believe it is essential for me to practice what I preach; therefore I have a variety of interests that keep me balanced. Yoga and meditation are essentials for me, especially as I spend much of my day sitting-still sorting through people’s emotional pain. I am also a very social person and enjoy spending time with my unique, loud, and hilarious friends. Finally, I moved to South Florida to be near my biggest passion, the ocean. I feel both grounded and energized doing many beach activities including surfing, snorkeling, stand-up paddle board, and beach volleyball.