Who am I? What do I want to become? These were questions my clients often asked in my work at a college counseling center and in my private practice. You don't need a diagnosis to want to grow and evolve--I've seen how therapy and GIM can help you grow into a more insightful, resilient, and self-actualized person.
I have experience working in a college counseling center, in a private practice in a college town and in a city, and with women and adolescents with eating disorders. There are things that we face as women that require a specialized focus, from systemic sexism to sexual harassment and abuse. These things can feel even more magnified and overwhelming as a sensitive person. Therapy and GIM can support you in discovering your internal resources to support your resilience in this world.
As a highly sensitive person myself, I know firsthand how difficult big feelings are. They can be overwhelming; they can make day-to-day tasks incredibly challenging. They may cause difficulty in your personal relationships as people think you're too much. Instead of seeing this as a bad thing, what if we shifted our perspective to see it as an exquisite sensitivity, a superpower? Let's build your internal resources to ride the waves of the feelings so that you can use this gift.
Throughout my clinical work, I have approached clients from a person-centered perspective. I believe that a large part of change in therapy occurs through growth in the therapeutic relationship. I approach each client with unconditional positive regard, and I'm constantly asking, "What happened to you" instead of, "What's wrong with you?" I have found that through our mutual authenticity, growth and change happen.
I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2013 with my bachelor of music in music therapy. One month later, I received the credentials music therapist-board certified (MT-BC). I graduated in 2017 from Appalachian with an MA in counseling and an MMT in music therapy. I have been practicing music therapy since 2014, and I focus on the intersection of the mind and the body. I am also an advanced trainee in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.
My interest in ACT began during my counseling internship in 2016 during which I devoured every book I could on ACT and began utilizing it with supervision. After receiving my counseling license, I received training in ACT from Kelly Wilson, a central figure in the ACT world. Through my work at a residential and partial hospitalization treatment center for eating disorders, I practiced from an ACT stance every day.
I received my training in Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR through the Personal Transformation Institute in October 2019. This is a model of EMDR that applies nonviolence and mindfulness along with somatic and attachment theories to increase feelings of safety and awareness of blocks throughout the reprocessing experience.