Therapy can be a very scary step for most people. It challenges you to share your inner confessions–thoughts that we’re used to shoving back into our subconscious and hiding from others. I totally get it. In fact, here’s one of my own confessions: I really don’t like talking about myself…especially in front of others. I’m definitely a social phobic in recovery. I spent many years hiding behind academia, peers or avoidance strategies before I learned the tools to begin feeling confident among others. I know what it feels like to be uncomfortable in your own skin. And I still have to work on it EVERY SINGLE DAY. But, it’s these experiences that make us all human and give us the passion to want to help other people through it.
As an undergraduate and a graduate student at The University of Michigan, I conducted my own research in the areas that I was (and still are) passionate about: “The Thin Body Image Ideal and its Effect on Body Dissatisfaction and the Drive for Thinness”. In graduate school, I also worked in various clinical settings including inpatient psychiatry, crisis settings, residential treatment and outpatient therapy.
Throughout my education and training, my appreciation for the straight-forward approach and effective results from evidence-based treatments grew. People understood the therapy, they felt empowered by it, and they actually GOT BETTER when they learned how to use it. After graduating, I completed an externship through the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and earned my Diplomacy and Certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Since then, I have been in practice for over then years in a variety of mental health settings including residential behavioral and substance abuse treatment centers, community mental health treatment, group therapy settings, contractual settings and my own private practice. I have been licensed in Michigan, Arizona and North Carolina but Asheville, NC has become my forever home. I want to continue bringing my passion for effective anxiety treatment to every client that I am privileged to meet.
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
― C.G. Jung .