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Personal Statement

I believe in the words of poet Isra al-Thibeh, who wrote that “self-love is the first form of freedom.” Self-love is the foundation on which we can build a life we enjoy, on our own terms. Unfortunately, it is often stunted from the multitude of experiences we have by the time we reach adulthood. As such, many people find that who they are and who they want to be feel miles apart. Through counseling we will work to close that gap together. In my office you will enter a safe space where you can wrestle with the heavy things, uncover the hidden things, and bring closure to the unresolved things in your life. I am committed equally to research and creativity and will work hard to find the most effective treatment for your individual needs.

Who I Serve

I work with individuals, ages 16+, and couples of all genders on a wide range of concerns, with a particular focus on women and the specific issues they face. Some of these include female sexuality, coping with female sexual pain disorders, female empowerment and assertiveness training, and religious and medical trauma, of which I have gained significant knowledge through my own life experiences. Clients can expect a safe and open atmosphere wherein frank discussion can exist and nothing is taboo. Everyone has the power and strength within themselves to find happiness and self-actualization. My role is simply to assist clients in removing their own inner obstacles.

Specialty Treatment Areas

  • Anxiety / Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Trauma recovery
  • Relationship issues
  • Identity/Self-image

Additional Treatment Areas

  • Female sexual pain disorders
  • Female sexuality and intimacy issues
  • Medical trauma
  • Religious trauma
  • Assertiveness training
  • Female empowerment and professional development
  • LGBTQ+ affirming

Theoretical Approach

Counseling is a partnership and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. As such, I use an integrative style that samples techniques from many different theories and modalities based on the client’s unique personality, needs, and goals. We may take a psychodynamic approach and wade into the past or uncover unhelpful thought patterns through Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. We may utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to find peace in situations we cannot control or analyze how we connect with others through Emotionally Focused Therapy. We may borrow from Gestalt and utilize experiential simulations, learn how to better connect with our bodies through mindfulness practices, or employ our past triumphs for future success in a strengths-based approach—to name a few examples.

Clients can expect an individually-tailored treatment plan that equally rests on research and out-of-the-box creativity. I firmly believe that “comfort is the enemy to progress,” and clients will be challenged at a pace with which they feel safe.

Insurance Networks

  • Private pay
  • Aetna
  • BCBS PPO
  • Cigna (Evernorth)

Education/Certifications

  • December 2023 - MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Concordia University
  • Bachelors Degree, Olivet Nazarene University

Affiliations/Memberships

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)