I was given a pin many years ago that said “See the person, not the illness.” To this day, I live by this professionally and in my own personal life. Each individual has their own story outside of their challenges and struggles. We are taught so much if we just slow down and experience someone else’s worldview. Children especially, need someone to accept them as they are and help them flourish socially and emotionally. This is the core of my practice; to celebrate each unique individual and help them become better versions of themselves.
As a Play Therapist, I strongly believe in the therapeutic powers of play. Play is the language of children and even as adults it can be challenging to “talk” about our emotions. I use various creative and expressive interventions to help each person work through their goals. I am an advocate for others. I enjoy helping others develop their voice and strengths. I strive to provide an environment that fosters safety, grace, and growth.
While I am most passionate about helping young children, I also have experience working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, behavioral and/or emotional concerns, social skills development, attention difficulties, grief and loss, children and families in foster care, and much more. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor, a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Science in Education in Community Counseling from The University of Dayton. Over the last 13+ years, I worked in schools, nursing homes and outpatient mental health settings.
License(s) & Certification(s)
- LPCC-S Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor – Supervisor
RPT-S Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor
TF-CBT Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Therapist Certificate