Thank you for taking time to learn a bit about me before joining me in session. I recently graduated with an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and am currently practicing under clinical supervision at Hope Springs Counseling as a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor. While I’ve recently joined the team of Hope Springs Counseling, my journey serving as a helper in the mental health field began many years ago.
In 2007, I received a B.A. in Religion from the University of Georgia. After a time of service working with youth at non-profit organizations in Georgia and Florida, I moved to Mexico where I began working in education and volunteering as a helper at non-profit organizations serving marginalized populations, many of whom were victims of complex trauma. While in Mexico, I began using ritual and mindfulness meditation to facilitate progression through stages of change and emotional recovery for female victims of intimate partner/domestic violence and sexual assault. This experience of working with marginalized populations suffering complex trauma ignited a strong desire to return to the United States and continue academic studies to further understand how to better assist multicultural populations.
In 2019, I returned home and entered graduate school with the intent of learning evidence-based methods of improving mental wellness when working with victims of trauma. My experiences working with marginalized populations both Stateside and in Mexico had only convinced me of the importance of engaging others with a trauma-informed awareness, and I believed my ability to converse fluently in Spanish could allow me to offer a culturally sensitive approach to treating trauma symptoms in the local Hispanic community.
My intent in working therapeutically with every population is to honor the unique personhood of each, and to listen carefully for invitations to join with another on their journey of deeper self-awareness and acceptance. Self-compassion is key in emotional restoration and recovery of the ‘self’ for victims of trauma, because the erosion of a sense of self is the great casualty of traumatic life experiences. Helping others recover their unique sense of personhood and become empowered to engage in their own wellness and restoration is my primary emphasis as clinician.
Since 2021, I have been working as a private practice counseling intern while completing my M.A. During this time, I have shared the privilege of helping others find relief from anxiety disorders, depression, substance use disorders as well as PTSD. I have continued to focus therapeutically in working specifically with victims of domestic violence and other marginalized populations who have suffered complex forms of trauma. Much of my work in session involves drawing mindful attention to the somatic responses to emotional dysregulation and a gentle working toward easing into acceptance and relief from these symptoms as we work to restore safety and a sense of coherency through gentle challenges to cognitive distortions and destructive self-criticisms, all with the intent of honoring each person’s unique values and worldview. Ultimately, each of us is the author of our own journey of wellness. It is my honor to help those who have experienced trauma while they boldly forge new paths along the way to recovery.
Please note, I do not accept insurance, but a monthly super bill will be uploaded to your client portal should you wish to submit for reimbursement. HSA & FSA cards are accepted.
Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
EMDR - Trained Clinician
ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2022
UNIVERSTIY OF GEORGIA
B.A. Religion, 2007
English and Spanish