Reaching out for help is hard. It’s not easy or comfortable. I hope to make that encounter the best it can be. I have always been in a helping profession, and after years of counseling experience, I realize that the most important message is that it’s NEVER too late to heal. My focus is on creating a comfortable, non-judgmental and accepting atmosphere, while restoring hope and providing tools to help you along your journey of healing.
I have worked very intensely with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as stalking and human trafficking. I’ve also have exposure working with survivors/victims of various types of trauma, including all stages of the healing process. I have 16 plus years in social work experience in various systems, including hospital, community health, outreach missions, etc., as well as different demographics, including adults, families and children. In addition, I have facilitated support groups for sexual and domestic violence survivors.
I live by the belief that it is essential to meet people “where they are” and tailor treatment to the needs of the client. Having someone to walk through that journey with you, so that you are not alone is impactful, and for those that feel safe enough to take that walk, I am here. By working together, I hope to foster healing and growth.
In the words of Brene Brown, “When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending.”
I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Ashland University, and my Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University. I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker and credentialed by The Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.
I use a variety of modalities in my therapy practice. I am a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapist. I have also had training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Therapy.
I’m currently an active Board Member for the Ashland County YMCA. Most recently, I have worked towards becoming a volunteer as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) serving Ashland Youth, as well as providing hospital advocacy for sexual assault survivors through Safe Haven. I have been a past board member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). I have also served in other capacities, such as the Ashland County Homeless Coalition, The Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven Task Force and The United Way of Ashland County Speakers Bureau as co-chair.
I am an avid lover of the outdoors. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and hiking. In my spare time, I also love to read and spend time with family and friends. My heart bleeds scarlet and grey, therefore, I love cheering on the OSU football team.« Back to Staff