|Ashburn (map it)|
|Teletherapy for residents of:|
- Adolescent (14-17)
- Adult (25+)
- Child (7-10)
- Tween (11-13)
- Young Adult (18-25)
- Young Child (3-6)
- Attachment Based
- Expressive Arts
- Family Systems
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Mindfulness Based
- Person Centered
- Play Therapy
- Polyvagal Theory
- Strengths Based
- Trauma Focused
Why am I reacting this way? A thought-provoking question to reflect on during therapy sessions by understanding who you are as a person. Many aspects of our lives come together in a moment such as our attachments, nervous systems, neurology, environment, and relationships. We all want to be able to show up to challenges having many tools in our toolbox.
Therapy provides opportunities to self-examine and reframe how we walk through life in a more regulated state to be the best versions of ourselves grounded in self-regulation, attunement, and connection. Together we can develop tools to be able to answer that question with confidence so that you can walk through life more open to possibilities and solutions.
Because relationships are at the core of who we are, I also believe in supporting parents to find strategies in helping their children, whether neurodivergent or neurotypical, thrive in their environment. Behavior is communication and sometimes it can take an understanding of someone’s neurology to truly address needs. The goal is to focus on connection over compliance to create healthy relationships while understanding that kids do well when they are able. Sometimes, it takes help to find a skill that needs developing and with a strengths-based, interdisciplinary, and a collaborative approach we can work together to grow skills that enhance wellbeing at home, in school, and beyond.
My approach to therapy consists of using a neuroscientific bottom-up approach with theories rooted in attachment, psychodynamic, mindfulness, humanist, somatic experiencing, and cognitive behavior rooted in a holistic way to suit your needs, directions, and goals to rewire your brain to regulation and connection.
I have training in sensory integration, sensorimotor art therapy, somatic embodiment, vestibular/ocular training, neurobiology of attachment, trauma-informed frameworks, Therapeutic Listening®/Quickshift®/FineTuning®, polyvagal therapy, play therapy, expressive therapy, sand tray therapy, and Internal Family Systems.
I am also studying Applied Educational Neuroscience to support accessibility of children’s needs to their education and am a fellow in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities studying on ways to provide services, advocacy, and integrated services for children with disabilities and their families.
I believe relationships support our mental health by co-regulating so that we can attain our own self-regulation. Rewiring the brain takes time, effort, and repetition to find new thought patterns that influence our behaviors. I will work through this process with you, so you are not alone.
When I have free time, I enjoy hiking with my family and sitting on my front porch watching a storm roll in over the mountains. For me, it is about the little moments in between the chaos that bring me peace and keep me grounded in the present.
- Anxiety / Panic
- Attention Disorders (ADHD)
- Autism / Neurodivergence
- Body Image
- Chronic Illness/Pain
- Emotional Regulation
- Family Dynamics
- Grief and Loss
- Life Transitions and Adjustment
- Perinatal / Postpartum
- Relationship Conflict
- Self-esteem / Personal Growth
- Self-harm / Suicidal Ideation
- Social Skills
- Trauma and PTSD
- Pursuing Master’s degree in Social Work from George Mason University (anticipated 2024)
- Bachelor’s degree from City University
- Fellow at Va-LEND through Virginia Commonwealth University (2023)
- Applied Educational Neuroscience Certificate through Butler University (2023)
- Consumer Reviewer for Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, Autism Research Program (CDMRP-ARP)
- Therapeutic Listening®/Quickshift®/FineTuning® Sensory Integration Certification
- Member of Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Work (GWSCSW)