I earned my Bachelor's degree in Art Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 2001 and a Master's degree in Social Work from Indiana University, focusing on mental health and addictions in 2006. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in many settings including residential treatment facilities, acute inpatient care, partial hospitalization, therapeutic foster care, home based and school based counseling, and outpatient private practice.
I have extensive experience working with issues of depression, anxiety, and trauma. I enjoy working with individuals and families that are motivated to make changes in their lives but recognize they need support in learning to make the sometimes difficult but often necessary changes to lead a happier and more fulfilling life. Choosing to ask for help can be difficult for many but once you develop a trusting and supportive relationship with a skilled therapist, the journey through difficult changes will be less daunting.
Another area of interest of mine is working with student athletes. There is a lot of pressure that comes with the territory of being a high performing athlete while also juggling the pressures of adolescence. When you grow up as an athlete, much of your self worth and identity is often connected to your skills and abilities as an athlete. Injuries, losses, and changes in level of competition and performance can be overwhelming and difficult at times. Having support and tools to work through this can be crucial in maintaining balance and satisfaction in your life as a student athlete.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, drawing, painting, spending time outdoors, and visiting the beach.