“Find out who you are
and do it on purpose.”
“Find out who you are
and do it on purpose.”
I love working with creative individuals and integrating creative approaches into session and self-care practices. Creativity can take many different forms and is dynamic and unique to the individual. Nurturing creative parts of ourselves can also help us access mediative “flow states” that allow for positive emotions and improved coping.
Being curious allows you to let go of judgement and be open to new experiences and possibilities. As a clinician I try to approach all my clients with open curiosity that helps foster both a nonjudgemental environment and self acceptance.
Meaningful connection must come from a place of authenticity and compassion. Developing a collaborative relationship based in respect, empathy, and trust is essential to my therapeutic approach.
I received my Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work in 2013. Prior to becoming a social worker, I studied anthropology and sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and worked as a t-shirt chef at the T-Shirt Deli.
While in graduate school I worked with refugees and asylum seekers and interned at Dell Children’s Medical Center Emergency Department. After graduation I worked at The University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center providing individual, group, and crisis counseling to college students. I am also the founder of Broads and Boards, a non-profit focused on empowering women in woodworking.
I have always deeply valued human connection. I have always been drawn to helping roles and working in environments that are based in interpersonal connection. My own personal experiences have greatly influenced my creative identity and journey to becoming a therapist. At a very young age I learned to cope with my feelings through crafting. Later I discovered the value of the therapeutic process.
I genuinely enjoy helping individuals develop meaningful coping skills while increasing their insight and emotional awareness. I am truly honored to be let into people’s lives and be part of a process that helps them find hope and acceptance.
I frequently work with adults that are new to therapy or may have had negative experiences with therapy in the past. I use genuine compassion, thoughtfulness, and humor to help overcome ambivalence and ease discomfort.
I am dedicated to creating a supportive and nonjudgemental environment that helps foster trust and curiosity. I provide culturally sensitive, trauma-informed care that utilizes a combination of solution-focused, strengths-based, and cognitive behavioral practices. I operate from a relational and feminist framework, am trained in EMDR therapy and often integrate mindfulness-based techniques and self-compassion into my work. I enjoy working collaboratively with clients and try to adapt my approach to their needs and learning styles.
I typically work with clients weekly and provide 50-minute long sessions. Depending on your goals we may meet more or less frequently. The initial 1-2 sessions will be focused on assessment and treatment goals and subsequent sessions will focus on helping you achieve these goals.
My groups and workshops provide a unique opportunity for clients to integrate crafting and expressive arts into the therapeutic process while also supporting peer connection.
50 minute individual therapy session: $120
Currently I am only able to accept BCBS PPO insurance. If you have a different insurance provider and would like to use out of network benefits, I can provide a bill for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement. I also offer a limited amount of sliding scale rates. Please contact me if you are interested in exploring this option.
Not sure if I might be the right fit or have other questions? Schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation where we can figure that out together.
If you need more immediate help or are in crisis, you may want to call a crisis line to speak to a mental health professional immediately. Below are some local and national resources:
Travis County Mobile Crisis Outreach Team: 512-472-4357
UT CMHC Crisis Line: 512-471-CALL (2255)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
If this is an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.