The moment I decided I wanted to be a therapist, I was sitting in a group at an inpatient substance use treatment center. It was there that I received help for my 11-year alcohol and drug addiction. I had tried quitting hundreds of times, but somehow knew that this time was it. Something inside me decided that I deserved better. I decided that I was the only one who had the power to choose what my life was going to look like. I was going to do whatever it took to remain sober. Everything in my life changed. I felt like it was a miracle that I could recover from something that had control over me for so long. I wanted to share this with others and help them realize that it is possible to get better.
I have been living in recovery for 9 years. In that time, I have gotten married, had two children, and completed graduate school. In 2015, I began working as a counselor helping those with substance use and mental health issues. By doing my own work with therapists, I have learned how to manage my mental health and value the support that the therapeutic relationship provides. I am passionate about helping people in early recovery and those who have recently decided to stop using drugs and alcohol. So much change and growth is happening at this time and I love being a part of it! I truly enjoy helping my clients learn to love and believe in themselves.
How Change Happens
There are many ways to grow and change. Each therapist has their own perspective on how this change happens. My belief is that we all strive to find meaning and purpose in our lives. This influences our choices, behaviors, and perceptions of the world. Although I don’t focus on the past, I do explore past experiences and relationships with my clients. Our history stays with us and effects who we are today. Through the therapy process, you learn what is important to you, what you want to achieve, and what needs to change in order to get there.
- Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Asheville, NC.
- Licensed Professional Counselor Associate – A12306, NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors.
- Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate – LCAS-21112, NC Substance Abuse Prof. Practice Board
- National Board Certified Counselor – 684096, National Board for Certified Counselors.
- Completion of 50 hours of EMDR training and consultation from Personal Transformation Institute.
Are you ready to get support, feel better, and start living life again?