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.
WHY I’M A THERAPIST
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.