I received my Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Having been naturally very empathetic from childhood, I have always been drawn to helping others. I wanted to understand how and why we suffer, so that I might learn how to better help alleviate the suffering of others. Upon graduating, I took a job as a wilderness therapy field instructor, where I taught wilderness survival skills, mindfulness meditation, and self-reflection to groups of at-risk youth in the forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was here that I witnessed the healing power of nature and the transformative power of belonging, of being responsible to and for others. It was this year in the field that helped me to finally see what all of my interests, studies, and passions were leading me toward, and I returned to my hometown university to pursue graduate training in mental health; subsequently earning my Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University.
My interdisciplinary background and generalist clinical training prepared me to work with a wide range of populations and disorders in a variety of settings. My clinical experience includes community mental health centers, college counseling centers, crisis stabilization units, Veteran Affairs hospitals, and private practices. I have experience working with child & adolescent survivors of abuse, emerging adults in college struggling with major life transitions, young people suffering from identity instability or impulsive behaviors, and people of all ages living with personality disorders, mood disorders, and addictions.
I have found that I particularly enjoy working with challenging cases; often stemming from complex or developmental trauma and often presenting with personality dysfunction, especially borderline personality traits. I enjoy assessment that is similarly complex, which requires more thorough and deeper exploration of the client’s early childhood experiences, attachment style, development, and internalized messages about self and others. In conceptualizing these more complex assessment cases, I draw heavily from developmental psychology, attachment theory, and psychodynamic perspectives. I also have particular interest in & experience working with suicidality, dissociation, and trauma-related reactions.
To maintain my own self-care and mindfulness practice, I enjoy practicing & teaching yoga as an RYT-200 yoga instructor. I also enjoy creative hobbies, like painting, coloring, and bullet journaling. I also like to play video games and watch anime with my husband, and together we enjoy cooking new recipes and spending time outdoors with our dog & our cats.