Welcome! Here’s a bit about me, professional and personal~
I received a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifca Graduate Institute, the school that was on my dream list for years. During that time I was clinically trained in mental health and addictions at New Method Wellness, a residential rehab that specializes in dual diagnoses. I’ve always been open about my own journey with mental health, wellness, and substance abuse issues.
I taught life skills, workforce development, literacy, high school diploma preparation, and english as a second language through upper and mid shore public schools, and later for Chesapeake College, for about ten years. My experience was primarily with teens and young adults, including young people from several different countries and cultures. I will always be a lifelong, enthusiastic learner which is probably why I also love teaching.
I’m a licensed mental health counselor. My license number through the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists for the State of Maryland is 7056. My training is in psychodynamic theory, application, and intervention with depth focus. This approach takes an individual’s entire life journey into consideration, paying close attention to patterns and relationships. It also makes room for exploring deeper themes and meanings. I use behavior modification related to changing self-stories from CBT, and radical acceptance, emotional regulation, and mindfulness teachings from DBT. My personal recovery story, as well as my training, is trauma-informed, so this is a natural part of my treatment perspective.
My research considered female biology, female psychology, and divine feminine sacred stories My clients safely name, deconstruct, and transform shame stories and patterns related to family of origin, societal, or cultural complex trauma.
I’ve studied and spent time practicing different spiritual and self-development teachings. These include Vipassana Buddhism, Christian philosophy, sacred imaginal and dream tending, and varieties of divine-feminine theologies. I’m certified in and practice Reiki and intuitive energy work, and also study and am certified in Permaculture design. Social permaculture (all selves are Sacred) as a path of inner and lifestyle wellness is one of my personal motivations. Contributing light and healing to the world soul is always in my heart.
Mindfulness, meditation, nature ceremonies, and sacred embodiment have been a part of my life path for close to twenty years. These practices continue to connect me to my original spiritual elders.
I am a member of the Maryland Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, the Depth Psychology Alliance, Surfrider, the Art League of Ocean City, and Assateague Coastal Alliance.
Beach bumming is my first passion! Outside playing in nature is often where you’ll find me! I love laughing, enjoying good relationships, dancing, writing, poetry, live music, and eating–especially tacos and food I grow myself. Drop me a line or pick up the phone. Let’s talk!