Given the economic hardships impacting everyone, and the ongoing stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am open to working with you within your budget. I have shifted my practice over to telehealth based services for the time being to allow everyone to practice social distancing and shelter in place. Also, I anticipate being an in-network provider with BCBS beginning April 6, which will cover telehealth sessions for therapy. Please do not hesitate to contact me about working with me. I believe everyone is in need of support, especially during this difficult and new time.
I believe what we need most to heal is already within us. Often our most positive, lasting outcomes happen when we explore what we most avoid or fear to be negative. Working with these aspects leads to true transformation. I have experience and training working with addiction, life transitions, stress, and relationships. We thrive when we are liberated from the desire to be free of our emotions, tune into them, and allow them to be fully experienced.
I come to the field of counseling following a decade working in the entertainment field on both coasts as a techie. While I really enjoyed the creative and technical challenges of the work I did, I became ready for new challenges and a new career as my twenties came to a close. After returning to North Carolina in 2010, I worked as a barista and returned to complete my undergraduate degree in 2012.
In the process of earning my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UNC Asheville, I interned at NASA Langley Research Center learning about and working with neurofeedback during the summer of 2014. I began my work with clients in the spring of 2015 as an undergraduate intern working with substance abuse clients in a group setting. Prior to changing to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Appalachian State University, I began my graduate study as a graduate psychology student before seeking a different direction. During my counseling program, I continued to work as a substance abuse professional facilitating groups.
My experience includes working with substance use populations in a variety of settings as well as treating mental health as an outpatient therapist. I enjoy assisting individuals in their own self-development and healing processes.