Resident in Counseling
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” -Carl Rogers
My goal as a therapist is to bear witness to each client’s unique experiences as they see them, help them to better understand their own perceptions, and uncover the inherent strengths of each individual in a warm and supportive environment. I aspire to help each client gain the tools that work best for them to navigate the challenges of life and create a safe space ideal for exploration and self-compassion.
I have a passion for working with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and self-harm, interpersonal/relationship conflict, LGBTQ+ issues, family conflict, trauma, emotional dysregulation, low self-esteem, life transitions, and behavioral problems. I work with clients of all faith perspectives, and at your request, I am open to incorporating spirituality and faith into counseling.
To meet the unique needs of each client, I am committed to tailoring the therapeutic experience to each individual. I work from a theoretical foundation of Gestalt theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT) with a trauma-informed approach. I believe each person has many parts to them that are all interconnected and should be addressed in therapy as much as possible to improve overall wellbeing. My goal is always to provide a collaborative and trusting atmosphere and to consider the holistic needs of each person to address all important parts of their life, including physical, mental, relational, and spiritual wellness. In building a trusting therapeutic relationship, I hope to empower clients to learn more about themselves, their personal history, their relationships, and to learn the tools necessary to meet their needs. I believe a supportive and kind space is key to processing through each of these things and to meeting a client’s personal goals.
Education, Credentials & Memberships
• Resident in Counseling working toward my license as a Licensed Professional Counselor and practicing under the supervision of Charlie Clark, LPC.
• Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University
• Bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University in Psychology
• American Counseling Association (ACA)
• I was born and raised in Northern Virginia and am currently living in Richmond, VA
• When I am not working, you can find me hiking, cooking, or playing with my sweet cat, Mia.