I'm an avid reader, mom of 2 kiddos, Yankee transplant, and 2nd generation clinical social worker.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Youngsville, LA
Focusing on the solution can help to shift your mindset from problems to the infinite solutions to any issue(s) you may be struggling with. Once we begin focusing on finding solutions, therapy begins to flow. My goal is to get you in and out successfully and in a manner you can sustain without ongoing therapy, if desired.
I am currently pursuing certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, meaning I continue to follow up with supervision to ensure my clients get the best possible treatment for trauma recovery.
I have been working in trauma-informed areas since 2005, long before I seriously considered pursuing social work as my profession. Trauma impacts all aspects of how we work, parent, relate to others, and live our lives. I continue to explore evidence-based and best practices approaches to expand my repertoire for recovery of the whole person and a creation of a "new normal" worthy of the person you really are once freed from your past.
Prior to becoming licensed, I worked as a survivor advocate for years in both domestic violence and sexual assault response programs. I received disaster mental health certification through Tulane's School of Social Work Master's degree program with specific attention to personal and community trauma, and am working towards EMDRIA certification as an EMDR-trained clinician. Whether it's a personal crisis or massive calamity, trauma does not define you or your future.
Personality disorders are not a death sentence for healthy relationships or a balanced life. I am best working with individuals struggling with dependent, borderline, and other so-called "cluster B" personality disorders. I draw deeply upon trauma-informed and dialectical behavioral therapy interventions to support holistic recovery.
I have worked with both addiction and dual-diagnosed clients over the last 3+ years at an inpatient addiction recovery program. I work to support clients and their families to overcome the trauma of addiction. I truly believe that substance use is one of many symptoms of addiction, one that can be managed through a variety of supports including 12 Steps, a recovery community, and medication when appropriate.