Finding the right therapist is so important to the healing process, that it can feel like a daunting task. I wanted to take a moment to properly introduce myself, as both a human being and a therapist. The path I traveled to reach where I am now was pretty long and winding. I knew I wanted to live a creative life full of adventures and new experiences, and that I also wanted to help others. But I wasn't sure what that would look like for me.
So, I did what a lot of others do - I dabbled. I dabbled in so many different things that at times I felt aimless. I armed myself with the mindset that if I didn't try out the things that interested me, then I would one day look back on my life with regret. We all have some overarching life fears, and that was one of mine. I didn't want to end up spending the last years of my life wishing I had just done "xyz." The amazing moments encouraged me, and the shitty ones became fuel to continue on the path less traveled.. or at least the path with the most scenic route.
After many years of bouncing between ideas, changing career focus, beginning and ending degree programs, and some much needed soul-searching, I decided to pursue the second career path that I had ever considered. (The first was becoming an astronaut.. but as you can see that did not work out. Sadly my 9th grade self lost interest). I was fascinated by psychology and psychotherapy, and the moment I committed to becoming a therapist, I knew I was where I needed to be.
That long and winding path was a necessary journey for me. It helped me increase self-awareness, cement a forward-thinking mindset, and most importantly showed me that life is fluid. There isn't just a beginning and an end to our experiences - we are not chained down to those moments in life that adversely effect us. We are always changing, adapting, and growing. I believe we have a duty to ourselves to continue exploring our own unique paths in life - even if that means going off-road for a while.
As a therapist, I believe every person has the strength and capability to overcome challenges and become the happiest and healthiest version of themselves. I also believe that sometimes that strength is buried or hidden from us. I strive to create a safe and judgement-free space for clients to explore who they are, reach their goals, and begin to heal from trauma and mental illness. My role in the therapeutic relationship is to be a guide, an objective perspective, and a supporting ear while the client and I work together toward their goals. I take an integrative approach to therapy, which means that I draw from multiple theories/treatment philosophies while working with clients. This allows me to really tailor my approach to each client's specific needs.
No matter which way we travel through life, we are all a helping hand away from taking the next step forward. It is an honor to be that helping hand.
If you or someone you know is in need of support - please reach out.
Education & Credentials
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, 2007
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, 2018
St. Charles, MO
EMDR, Level 1 Trained, 2017
Trauma Recovery - EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs