I graduated in 2010 with my Masters in Marital and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. Counseling was a natural career choice, because I always knew that I wanted to use my knowledge to help clients to pursue lasting change and healing in their lives.
In therapy, I assist my clients by taking into account the environments, backgrounds, and experiences of each client while treatment planning and doing therapy.
My work comes from a family systems perspective as an LMFT, and it allows me to see a broad range of clients including individuals, couples, and families. I truly believe that the most dynamic change can take place when more than one person is involved in the therapeutic process. I am also specially trained in marital and family therapy and love to have the opportunity to work with those populations in addition to my individual clients.
My undergraduate background also lends a specialized perspective to therapy. Initially, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education from Tennessee Technological University. This expertise in fine art, coupled with extensive training in Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, allows me to work creatively in bringing healing to my clients. Frequently, verbal modes of therapy fall short while working with clients. Using art to broaden the options of expression has been extremely helpful in many cases.
I have completed basic training for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, and I love using this powerful tool with clients to allow them to process trauma efficiently and effectively. EMDR can reduce or eliminate triggers that are inhibiting clients from living the fulfilling life they are wanting. Paired with experiential and solution focused approaches, I have been able to get movement and change quickly while collaborating in therapy work with adult and teen clients as well.
I also love gardening, being creative, and serving in my church in my free time. I am a wife and busy mother of three in addition to my work as a therapist at Connect and Restore.