“Simply put, my desire is to ease suffering.”
I entered the mental health field from a conviction that healing must be possible even for the most traumatized. I had worked with people who survived unspeakable hardship and I came away with a couple of observations.
First, humans can be incredibly resilient. And second, the mind and heart can sustain injuries that may not be healed with time. I’ve since learned that some wounds remain in the brain and in muscle memory, requiring strategic compassionate care. It was this second observation that started my journey to becoming a mental health therapist.
With the goal of being truly useful in the healing process, I sought out advanced training focused on addressing trauma and mental health distress.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and an EMDR [could this be an obvious hyperlink to a “what is EMDR?” video from the resource page?] trained clinician. I have spent most of my training and education focused on the treatment of trauma. I also hold certificates in Mindfulness Therapies as well as Integrative Medicine for Mental Health. My focus is on trauma recovery and optimal mental health using therapy that is mindful, holistic, and practical.
I am also trained in the following modalities: Trauma Focused CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I completed my Master’s Degree in 2013. I have worked in private practice, community mental health, and residential settings.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked as a social worker and writer focused on refugee immigration issues. I’ve worked with refugees in South Africa, Tanzania, Ireland, Indianapolis, and Fort Wayne, Indiana.